Jon Morosi reports that the Rangers are expected to activate Josh Hamilton from the disabled list today or tomorrow.
Hamilton, who started the season late due to all of the craziness with the Angels and Rangers, his relapse and his shoulder, has been laid up with a bum hamstring for nearly a month. In his place Joey Gallo has manned left field and is hitting .220/.312/.439 with five homers. We’ve seen flashes of promise and power from him, but he still needs some cooking it seems. He may get it in a part time or platoon role with the Rangers or by being moved around the field as opposed to being sent back down, however.
Hamilton, for his part, went 4-for-12 with three RBI in four rehab games for Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. Before he was sidelined he was 6-for-22 with four walks, two homers two doubles and five driven in for the Rangers.
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.