Martin Prado has been sidelined since June 14 with a right shoulder sprain, but Marlins manager Dan Jennings told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald this afternoon that he could be activated for tomorrow’s first-half finale against the Reds.
Prado has gone 3-for-8 over two minor league rehab games with High-A Jupiter. While there’s a chance he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow, the Marlins could play things safe and have him come back when they begin the second half of the season next Friday against the Phillies.
Prado, 31, was batting .272/.311/.370 with four home runs and 24 RBI over 63 games prior to the injury. He could appear to be a logical trade candidate leading up to July 31, but the Marlins have been resistant to that idea so far. Prado is under contract for $11 million next season, with the Yankees picking up $3 million.
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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.