Freddie Freeman exits game with right oblique injury


UPDATE: Freeman left tonight’s game with a right oblique injury. He’s being called day-to-day, but these type of injuries are notoriously tricky.

8:36 p.m. ET: Troubling development here for the Braves, as Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network notes that Freddie Freeman left tonight’s game against the Giants in the fifth inning with an apparent injury.

No word on the reason for his exit, but Freeman recently missed five weeks with a right wrist contusion and just returned on July 25. It’s fair to wonder if he aggravated the injury.

Including tonight, Freeman is batting just .184 (7-for-38) with two home runs and a double since coming off the disabled list.

Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut

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Yesterday it was reported that the Washington Nationals would cut the weekly stipend paid to their minor leaguers from $400 a week to $300 per week through the end of June.

For frame of reference, MLB had agreed to pay all minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Several teams have agreed to extend that, with the Royals and Twins agreeing to do it all the way through the end of August. The Oakland A’s decided to stop the payments in their entirety as of today. The Nationals were unique in cutting $100 off of the checks.

The A’s and the Nationals have taken a great amount of flak for what they’ve done. The Nats move was immediately countered by Nationals major league players announcing that they would cover what the organization would not.

The A’s are, apparently, still sticking to their plan. The Nats, however, have reversed course:

One can easily imagine a situation in which Nats ownership just decided, cold-heartedly, to lop that hundred bucks off of each minor league check and not worry about a moment longer. What’s harder to imagine is what seems to have actually happened: the Nats did it without realizing that anyone would take issue with it, were surprised by the blowback, and then reversed course. Like, what kind of a bubble where they living in that they did not think people would consider that a low-rent thing to do?

In any event, good move, Nats, even if I cannot even begin to comprehend your thought process.