Jose Fernandez flying back to Miami to have his right shoulder examined

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Marlins starter Jose Fernandez has left the team, currently in Atlanta, and flown back to Miami to have his right-shoulder examined by a doctor, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. The Marlins’ ace is battling some stiffness in his right shoulder.

Fernandez, 23, had Tommy John surgery in May last year. He made his season debut on July 2 against the Giants, and has racked up a superb 2.30 ERA with a 53/10 K/BB ratio in 43 innings across seven starts.

At 43-67, the Marlins are currently tied with the Phillies for the worst record in baseball. Their starting rotation has seen Dan Haren and Mat Latos leave via trade, and Henderson Alvarez is out after undergoing shoulder surgery. Losing Fernandez for any length of time would only further hurt an already depleted stable of starters.

Scott Boras to pay salaries of released minor league clients

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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.