Hunter Pence, who has remained on the Giants’ active roster without playing since June 3, has finally been placed on the disabled list with left wrist tendinitis.
Pence missed the first five weeks of the season with a forearm injury and ended up playing just 18 games between DL stints, hitting .282 with two homers and a .780 OPS.
He’d previously been one of the most durable players in baseball, appearing in all 162 games in each of the past two seasons and at least 154 games every year since 2008.
Justin Maxwell has been the primary fill-in for Pence in right field, with Gregor Blanco also seeing some action.
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.