The A’s activate Sean Doolittle

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The Oakland Athletics activated closer Sean Doolittle from the 15-day disabled list.

Doolittle has missed the last three weeks with with an intercostal strain. In his absences, the Athletics have suffered a sprained everything and, well, you know what “dead arm” is? Apply that to all 25 guys on the roster and that’s what the A’s have had. It’s chronic, really.

The A’s take on Seattle this weekend. They have a one and a half game lead over Seattle for the second wild card.

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.