Pneumonia could end Nolan Arenado’s season

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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was diagnosed with pneumonia earlier this week and Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post writes that there’s a “good chance” his season is over.

Arenado left Sunday’s game against the Cardinals after he aggravated a chest contusion on a diving play, but an MRI and a CT scan on Monday showed some fluid in his lungs and signs of early-onset pneumonia. He’s feeling better, but there simply might not be enough time left on the calendar for him to get back into a game. The last-place Rockies obviously have no reason to push it.

Arenado has taken a strong step forward during his sophomore season in the majors, batting .287/.328/.500 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI over 111 games. While the 23-year-old missed five weeks with a fractured finger and could see his season end prematurely, he should be in the mix for a second straight Gold Glove award.

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.