Giancarlo Stanton was hit in the hip by a pitch during an intrasquad game today. Yes, he’s fine.

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Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton had his season come to an end in horrific fashion last September when he suffered facial fractures and dental damage on a hit-by-pitch, so of course he got hit in the hip by a pitch from teammate Henderson Alvarez during an intrasquad game today.

Here’s a look at the scene below, via Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

Yes, Stanton is fine. It was going to happen sooner or later, so perhaps it’s better that he got it out of the way now. Prospect catcher J.T. Realmuto might have put it best when he later told Rodriguez that “the baseball might have been hurt more than him.” This minor scare is noteworthy given how Stanton’s season ended, but he said he’s 100 percent past it.

“Feels good,” Stanton said, afterward. “No thoughts, 100 percent fine. Didn’t have one thought about it.”

Stanton faced live pitching Thursday for the first time since the injury and tested out his new special helmet for the first time today.

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.