A’s right-hander Jesse Hahn will be shut down for at least two weeks and placed on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a strained forearm.
Hahn hasn’t pitched since July 1 and his arm responded poorly to a recent bullpen session, at which point the A’s sent him for an MRI exam. Obviously a strained forearm is better news than structural damage, but given Hahn’s history of arm problems it’s still very worrisome.
Acquired from the Padres in the Derek Norris deal this winter, Hahn has started 16 games for the A’s with a 3.35 ERA and 64/25 K/BB ratio in 97 innings.
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.