Nationals starter Max Scherzer will start on Sunday against the Orioles and won’t pitch in the All-Star Game in Cincinnati on Tuesday, MLB.com’s William Ladson reports. He will attend the All-Star Game and participate in the festivities, but that’s it.
Scherzer, 30, has put together a terrific season, his first season with the Nationals after signing a seven-year, $210 million deal. He has a 2.12 ERA with a 143/14 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings. The right-hander, memorably, no-hit the Pirates on June 20 and was a strike away from completing a perfect game.
It remains to be seen who will take Scherzer’s spot on the NL All-Star roster. Could this pave the way for the addition of Clayton Kershaw?
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.