Giancarlo Stanton’s recovery from hamate bone surgery “definitely slower” than expected

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Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton had surgery on June 28 to repair a broken hamate bone. The injury timetable was 4-6 weeks, with the further end suggesting a mid-August return for the slugger. But as MLB.com’s Steve Wilaj reports, Stanton said is recovery is “definitely slower” than expected.

Stanton said he’s been hitting balls off of a tee, but still feels pain. He’s swinging “as strong as it allows”.

It sounds like the Marlins, 42-62 entering play Sunday, should expect to get Stanton back towards the end of August, assuming he suffers no more setbacks. Though he no longer qualifies on the leaderboard, Stanton is still tied with Todd Frazier for second in the major leagues with 27 home runs, two behind league leader Bryce Harper. He’s also knocked in 67 runs while batting .265/.346/.606.

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.