Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said after the game last night that Nelson Cruz exited the game with an injury to his pelvic bone. Originally it was thought to be his hamstring, but nope.
Get this, from Andrew Erickson of MLB.com:
McClendon said Cruz’s pelvic bone briefly popped out of place, but that trainers had popped it back shortly thereafter. He said he was told the injury was neither serious nor long term.
“I’m not sure how to describe it, but his pelvic bone kind of popped out of place and he had some discomfort,” McClendon said. “He’s OK now but we’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
Kicker: they’re not sure how it happened. This despite the fact that all of us who know nothing about pelvic bones probably assumed beforehand that (a) we’d know about it; and (b) it’d seem fairly serious. This is also why they don’t let people like us just randomly practice medicine.
Cruz is hitting .313/.380/.568 on the season, though his numbers have been way down in June. An out-of-place pelvis probably won’t help that.
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.