Indians starter Corey Kluber tweaked his hamstring during a side session and is expected to miss 10 days, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. He was supposed to start on Friday night against the Tigers, but he was scratched and Josh Tomlin will pitch in his place.
Per Bastian, Francona plans to use Cody Anderson on Sunday, Trevor Bauer on Monday, and Carlos Carrasco on Tuesday, barring any setbacks.
Kluber, 29, has had an up-and-down year. He leads the American League in losses with 13, but has a decent 3.41 ERA with a 219/38 K/BB ratio in 200 1/3 innings. It hasn’t been the follow-up to last year’s Cy Young Award-winning season that many were expecting, but Kluber’s loss total has more to do with a poor offense than anything else.
The Indians enter play Friday with a 64-68 record and remain in the periphery of the AL Wild Card race. They’re six games behind the Rangers for the second Wild Card slot.
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.