The Padres announced that outfielder Wil Myers has been activated from the 60-day disabled list on Friday and is in the starting lineup, batting sixth and playing first base against the Dodgers.
Myers had been out since mid-June after undergoing surgery on his left wrist. The wrist issue caused him to miss over a month between May 10 and June 11, and only played in three June games before returning to the disabled list. He was batting .277/.327/.459 with five home runs and 19 RBI in 159 plate appearances for the Padres.
The Padres acquired Myers in December from the Rays in a three-team trade that also involved the Nationals.
In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.
Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.
Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.