The Dodgers, scrambling for rotation help, will have reliever Jamey Wright start against the Cubs on Sunday afternoon, Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports. With Hyun-Jin Ryu still not healthy, it seems to be the pitching-thin Dodgers’ best option.
Wright, 39, has started just one game since the start of the 2008 season. He started for the Rays on September 1 last year and made it 1 2/3 innings into the start against the Athletics. Out of the bullpen for the Dodgers in 2014, he’s posted a 4.30 ERA with a 50/25 K/BB ratio in 67 innings.
The Dodgers lost to the Cubs this afternoon, temporarily shrinking their NL West lead over the Giants to three games. The Giants will oppose the Padres tonight.
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.