Royals closer Greg Holland placed on disabled list with pectoral strain

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Greg Holland has been one of the game’s best relievers dating back to 2011, but the Royals will have to make due without him for a little while. The team announced this afternoon that Holland was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain.

After posting a 1.44 ERA during the regular season last year and a 0.82 ERA over 11 appearances during the team’s postseason run, Holland had four scoreless appearances with four saves to begin this season.

Losing Holland hurts, but fortunately this is an area of depth for Kansas City. Wade Davis will presumably fill in for save chances.

Rangers, Padres, White Sox to continue paying minor leaguers

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In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.

Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.

Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.