George Springer placed on 7-day concussion disabled list

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Astros right fielder George Springer made a stellar catch on Tuesday night against the right-field wall at Minute Maid Park, but he looked dazed afterward and is now being placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list, per the team’s Twitter account.

Preston Tucker has been promoted from Triple-A Fresno to give Houston some needed outfield depth and shortstop Jed Lowrie has been shifted from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list to open a 40-man roster spot for Tucker. Lowrie will be out until after the All-Star break with a thumb injury.

Concussions come with a range of severities and recovery timetables, so it’s not worth speculating when Springer might be back. The 25-year-old former first-round pick carried big-time hype into 2015 after tallying 20 home runs and 51 RBI in 78 games last season as a rookie. Springer is batting just .192/.311/.374 in 27 games this season, though he does have four home runs, 10 stolen bases, and 14 runs scored.

Nationals’ major leaguers to continue offering financial assistance to minor leaguers

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On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.

After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.

Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.

The full statement:

Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.

We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.

We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.

Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.