Sonny Gray turned in another masterpiece on Sunday, tossing a two-hit shutout against the Indians. With the effort, he lowered his AL-leading ERA to 2.04 with a 0.96 WHIP and a 108/30 K/BB ratio in 123 2/3 innings.
One problem: because he pitched today, Gray won’t be available to pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday in Cincinnati. As a result, Angels starter Hector Santiago has been added to the roster to replace Gray, per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Santiago, 27, has quietly put up a 2.33 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP and a 98/34 K/BB ratio in 108 1/3 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.