Stephen Strasburg throws five innings in first rehab start

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Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg made his first minor-league rehab start this afternoon at Double-A, throwing five innings of two-run ball as he comes back from a strained trapezius muscle.

Strasburg struck out six, walked none, and allowed four hits on a total of 71 pitches, so it sounds like things went pretty well.

Washington might not be in a huge rush to get Strasburg back from the disabled list considering how poorly he pitched before being shut down–posting a 6.55 ERA in 10 starts–but if they think one rehab start is enough he could rejoin the rotation as soon as next week.

Report: David Price to pay each Dodgers minor leaguer $1,000 out of his own pocket

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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.