The Padres were hoping to bring right-hander Brandon Morrow back from the disabled list this Friday, but there has been a hiccup in those plans.
Morrow, who landed on the disabled list a month ago with shoulder inflammation, was forced to exit a rehab start yesterday with Double-A San Antonio due to renewed discomfort. According to the Associated Press, Padres manager Bud Black said tonight that he returned to San Diego to undergo an MRI.
The 30-year-old Morrow has dealt with all sorts of injuries in recent years, but the Padres gave him a one-year, $2.5 million deal over the winter and he had a 2.73 ERA with a 23/7 K/BB ratio in 33 innings over his first five starts prior to landing on the disabled list.
Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.
That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.
Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.
Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.