On May 25 the Giants designated Travis Ishikawa for assignment. Today they’re doing it again, and selecting the contract of outfielder Ryan Lollis to take his place on the roster.
The first time he cleared waivers and went to Triple-A Sacramento. He’s been back up since the end of June when Nori Aoki went on the DL. Since that time, however, Ishikawa has only had six plate appearances, going 0-for-5 with a walk. Lollis, 28, in turn, has .358/.431/.500 across three levels of minor league ball this year.
In other Giants transaction news, they have placed Tim Hudson on the disabled list and have activated Jake Peavy.
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.