Astros outfielder George Springer was hit on the right wrist by an Edinson Volquez pitch in last night’s game. X-rays had not been taken by the time the press spoke to manager A.J. Hinch last night, but Hinch did not wax optimistic about the status of Springer, saying that it seems inevitable that he’ll be on the disabled list.
Spring is hitting .264/.365/.457 with 13 homers and 14 stolen bases on the year. His loss will be a blow to the Astros.
Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.
Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”
Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.