Initially the Royals planned to merely push back Danny Duffy’s next start a few days because of shoulder soreness, but as so often happens in cases like this the left-hander is now headed to the disabled list with inflammation.
Left-hander Jason Vargas, who’s coming back from a disabled list stint of his own for an elbow injury, will start in Duffy’s place and the Royals have also called up left-hander Brandon Finnegan from the minors.
Duffy’s history of arm problems likely played a part in the Royals ultimately deciding to use some extra caution. He’s also struggled of late after getting off to a good start this season, allowing 14 runs in 10 innings this month while walking more batters (10) than he struck out (7).
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.