The Tigers are moving Shane Greene and his 6.72 ERA to the bullpen

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Shane Greene was hammered for five runs over 4 1/3 innings last night in a blowout loss to the Red Sox, which was the last straw for the Tigers, who announced a change in their starting rotation this afternoon.

Acquired from the Yankees over the winter in the three-team Didi Gregorius trade, Greene started this season on a high note by allowing just two runs (one earned) in 23 innings over his first three starts with Detroit. However, the 26-year-old has an ugly 9.20 in 13 starts at the major league level since to go along with a 37/21 K/BB ratio and 13 home runs allowed in 58 2/3 innings. He has a 6.72 ERA overall, which is highest among all MLB pitchers with at least 80 innings pitched.

The Tigers demoted Greene to Triple-A for a stretch in June, but this time they are hoping he’ll be able to work out his issues in the bullpen. It’s hard to imagine Farmer being much worse, but he has struggled in spot-duty with the Tigers this year, posting a 9.22 ERA with 12 strikeouts and four walks in 13 2/3 innings over two starts and one relief appearance.

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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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.