The Rangers were given quite the scare this afternoon when closer Shawn Tolleson was barreled into by fellow reliever Keone Kela, who was shagging fly balls during batting practice. You can watch the video of the freak accident here.
Fortunately, Tolleson managed to avoid injury. According to Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram, he’s in the bullpen and available for tonight’s game against the Yankees.
Tolleson, 27, owns a 3.19 ERA and 42/8 K/BB ratio over 42 1/3 innings this season. He has been great since taking over the closer role from Neftali Feliz in May, going 17-for-18 in save chances.
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.