This seems ominous:
The Detroit Tigers have the results of Justin Verlander’s third MRI. But they weren’t ready to discuss them publicly Tuesday night.
Verlander was originally thought to have a triceps cramp or strain. But whatever it is he’s experiencing has kept him down for well over a month now and there is still no timetable for his return. He threw a bullpen session in mid-April that was cut short, but that’s it. What was first characterized as a “minor” injury has been anything but minor in its impact on his schedule.
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.