Giancarlo Stanton could return to the Marlins on Friday

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MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is scheduled to begin a rehab stint with Single-A Jupiter on Tuesday, weather-permitting. If the weather cooperates and Stanton doesn’t suffer any setbacks, he could return to the Marlins from the disabled list on Friday to face the Mets.

Stanton has been on the disabled list since June 27, the day after he broke the hamate bone in his right hand. He had surgery on the 28th. The slugger hit the disabled list batting .265/.346/.606 with 27 home runs and 67 RBI in 318 plate appearances.

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.