Dodgers outfield depth? Carl Crawford has an oblique injury

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One of the Dodgers story lines all offseason was that the team had too much outfield depth and they certainly tried to trade Andre Ethier before deciding to keep him in a part-time role.

But now right fielder Yasiel Puig is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury and left fielder Carl Crawford may be joining him on the shelf after suffering what manager Don Mattingly believes is a strained oblique muscle Monday night.

Fortunately for the Dodgers even if they’re without Puig and Crawford the outfield is still in pretty good shape with standout rookie Joc Pedersen in center field flanked by Ethier and either Scott Van Slyke or Alex Guerrero in the corners.

Crawford is off to a slow start, hitting .245 with a 10/1 K/BB ratio and .668 OPS and zero steals through 15 games.

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.