Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco returns from concussion

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Gregor Blanco needed more than the minimum seven-day stay on the concussion disabled list, but the Giants outfielder is ready to return after being hit by one of teammate Brandon Belt’s warmup throws while running across the infield on June 9.

Blanco was doing his usual thing before the concussion, hitting .278 with one homer and a .780 OPS in 48 games, and the Giants will likely put him into a starting role with Hunter Pence on the disabled list.

Blanco is expected to be activated for tonight’s game against the Dodgers.

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.