Josh Hamilton had “sharp stabbing pains” in his chest

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Josh Hamilton rejoined the Angels’ lineup Tuesday after sitting out 10 games with a right shoulder injury, but he missed last night’s game and is out of the lineup again tonight with more shoulder problems.

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Hamilton’s current soreness is in a “different spot” than his initial soreness, and “flared up” before Wednesday’s game.

It’s possible that Hamilton wouldn’t have played tonight anyway because the Angels basically benched all of their regulars–and scratched Jered Weaver from his scheduled start–after clinching the division title last night.

UPDATE: Hamilton told DiGiovanna that he had “sharp stabbing pains” in his chest and had “trouble taking deep breaths” last night. Suddenly his status for the playoffs could be in question.

Report: David Price to pay each Dodgers minor leaguer $1,000 out of his own pocket

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Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.

That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.

Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.

Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.