Toe surgery ends Rockies starter Jordan Lyles’ season

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Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles will miss the remainder of the season following toe surgery.

Lyles exited Sunday’s start with what turned out to a damaged ligament in his left big toe. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that Chris Rusin will likely replace him in the rotation.

Lyles finishes the season with a 5.14 ERA in 10 starts after throwing 127 innings with a 4.33 ERA for the Rockies last season.

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.