Jose Bautista could be headed to the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain


Jose Bautista has been experiencing pain in his right shoulder for over a week and he aggravated it on Tuesday night when he tried to throw out Delmon Young at first base from his position in right field.

That failed attempt to embarrass Young happened shortly after Bautista got into a jawing match with several Orioles as he slowly made his way around the bases following a long home run to left-center field. A pitch from O’s reliever Jason Garcia had sailed behind Bautista a few pitches before he went yard. Catch that whole scene here …

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Bautista has been diagnosed with a right shoulder strain and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons acknowledged to Barry Davis of Sportsnet on Wednesday that a 15-day disabled list could be coming. More from Davis …

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.