Per MASN’s Dan Kolko, Nationals manager Matt Williams said on Sunday that he is considering inserting Ryan Zimmerman into Monday’s lineup for NLDS Game 3 against the Giants. They’ll be facing lefty Madison Bumgarner, so the right-handed-hitting Zimmerman helps give the Nationals a platoon advantage.
Zimmerman is 1-for-2 with a single in the NLDS thus far. The 30-year-old returned from the disabled list on September 20 after missing most of the season with a fractured right thumb followed by a strained right hamstring. He played a few innings at first base while making four starts in left field.
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.