Dodgers reliever Brandon League is headed to the disabled list

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Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Dodgers reliever Brandon League “felt discomfort” in his shoulder when he tried throwing Tuesday and will undergo an MRI exam.

League was shut down about two weeks ago with shoulder pain and was trying to resume a throwing program, but this setback means he’s headed for the disabled list even if the MRI exam reveals nothing major.

League allowed zero home runs in 63 innings last season, posting a 2.57 ERA after struggling in 2013, and with Kenley Jansen also on the disabled list to begin the season the Dodgers’ bullpen will be very short-handed early.

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.