Concussion ends John Jaso’s season for second straight year

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that A’s catcher/designated hitter John Jaso “is unlikely to play again this season” due to continued symptoms from a concussion in August.

It’s the second straight season to end prematurely for Jaso due to a concussion. This year he hit .264 with nine homers and a .767 OPS in 99 games, including 47 starts at catcher.

In his absence the A’s have turned to Geovany Soto as Derek Norris’ tag-team partner behind the plate while using Adam Dunn as their primary designated hitter.

Rangers, Padres, White Sox to continue paying minor leaguers

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In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.

Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.

Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.