We heard earlier this month that Brandon Moss was set for hip surgery and now we have more details. According to Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com, the Athletics announced that Moss had a torn labrum repaired as well as a clean-up procedure to an impingement in his hip.
Moss will use crutches for around four weeks and the expectation is that he’ll begin running in 12 weeks. The Athletics could take it easy with him early on in spring training, but it sounds like he should have plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day.
Moss was selected to his first All-Star team this year after a huge first half, but he batted just .173 with four home runs and a .584 OPS over 58 games after the break. The hip injury provides context for his struggles.
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.