Wednesday night’s win over the Twins was a costly one for the Angels, who lost third baseman David Freese to a fractured right index finger after he was hit on the hand by a Mike Pelfrey pitch.
Freese said after the game that he hopes to return in as little as three weeks, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’ll spend the next two weeks with his finger in a splint. Kyle Kubitza, who got a brief call-up to the Angels earlier this season, is expected to sub for Freese at third base.
Freese has hit .240 with 11 homers and a .706 OPS in 90 games to basically match his production from last season, but he’s yet to reach the higher offensive levels he called home with the Cardinals from 2009-2013.
Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.
Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”
Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.