Yasiel Puig leaves game after aggravating hamstring injury

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Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig missed four games last week with a left hamstring injury and he was forced to leave last night’s game against the Padres after aggravating the injury.

It was an eventful night for Puig, who was hit in the left leg by a pitch in the first inning. He remained in the game, but then pulled up lame after grounding out to lead off the sixth inning and was removed. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that Puig will be re-evaluated on Saturday, but he didn’t rule out the possibility of a stint on the disabled list.

“The DL is always on the table” when dealing with a re-injury, Mattingly said. “As of right now, there’s not much more we can do tonight.”

The Dodgers need to call up a starter for Sunday, so we could see a move soon. Andre Ethier, Scott Van Slyke, and the hot-hitting Alex Guerrero are all options to fill in for Puig.

Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut

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Yesterday it was reported that the Washington Nationals would cut the weekly stipend paid to their minor leaguers from $400 a week to $300 per week through the end of June.

For frame of reference, MLB had agreed to pay all minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Several teams have agreed to extend that, with the Royals and Twins agreeing to do it all the way through the end of August. The Oakland A’s decided to stop the payments in their entirety as of today. The Nationals were unique in cutting $100 off of the checks.

The A’s and the Nationals have taken a great amount of flak for what they’ve done. The Nats move was immediately countered by Nationals major league players announcing that they would cover what the organization would not.

The A’s are, apparently, still sticking to their plan. The Nats, however, have reversed course:

One can easily imagine a situation in which Nats ownership just decided, cold-heartedly, to lop that hundred bucks off of each minor league check and not worry about a moment longer. What’s harder to imagine is what seems to have actually happened: the Nats did it without realizing that anyone would take issue with it, were surprised by the blowback, and then reversed course. Like, what kind of a bubble where they living in that they did not think people would consider that a low-rent thing to do?

In any event, good move, Nats, even if I cannot even begin to comprehend your thought process.