Masahiro Tanaka to go on a rehab assignment

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Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Masahiro Tanaka could begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday.

He has been ramping up his bullpen sessions lately, reaching 29 pitches yesterday and reporting no problems. Assuming all goes well with his rehab starts — one or two, you figure — he could be back with the Yankees at the end of the month.

Prior to being shut down Tanaka started four games with a 3.22 ERA and 24/7 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.

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.