Ryan Hanigan needs surgery, so the Red Sox will call up prospect Blake Swihart

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Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan was removed during the seventh inning of Friday night’s loss to the Yankees due to a fractured finger on his right hand. He was hit in the hand by a pitch while behind the plate for reliever Tommy Layne. Sandy Leon replaced him in the game.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Hanigan will need surgery to repair the damage. As Hanigan was the starting backstop in Boston, the club is in need of a catcher. To fill the void, they will promote catching prospect Blake Swihart from Triple-A Pawtucket, CSN New England’s Sean McAdam reports. McAdams adds that the Red Sox will continue to look for additional catching help, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia — recently desginated for assignment by the Marlins — is not a consideration.

In 67 plate appearances this season, Hanigan hit .222/.354/.315 with one home run and five RBI.

At Triple-A, the 23-year-old Swihart was hitting .338/.392/.382 with three extra-base hits (all doubles) and 11 RBI in 74 plate appearances.

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.