Peter Bourjos undergoes hip surgery

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Cardinals center fielder Peter Bourjos underwent surgery for a hip impingement, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.

Bourjos started the season in a time-share with Jon Jay, but ended up mostly on the bench as he hit .231 with a .643 OPS and Jay hit .303 with a .750 OPS.

Langosch reports that he’s expected to be ready for spring training, although even before the surgery news it was unclear how Bourjos fit into the Cardinals’ plans. He’s a great defensive center fielder and has occasionally shown some decent offensive ability, but he’s also getting expensive via arbitration and isn’t going to unseat Jay.

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.