Devon Travis still experiencing left shoulder discomfort

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Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis missed part of May and most of June because of a left shoulder injury, and he was placed back on the disabled list on July 29 with the very same issue.

There seems to be no end in sight for this thing.

Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that Travis visited a specialist on Tuesday and was administered another cortisone shot. He needs more rest and rehab, and there are only five weeks left in the regular season.

Ryan Goins and Cliff Pennington have been filling in at second base for the Jays, who are currently in a dead heat with the Yankees for the American League East title. This is the latest Toronto has held a share of first place since 1993.

Travis, 24, has hit .304/.361/.498 with eight homers and 38 runs scored in 62 games this year as a rookie.

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.