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Cubs’ Heyward leaves with apparent hip injury after catch

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward left Friday’s game against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the first inning with an apparent hip injury after crashing into the wall on a diving catch.

A grimacing Heyward reached for his right hip after robbing Giants leadoff man Denard Span of extra bases on the third pitch he saw from Jake Arrieta.

Heyward crashed into a padded section of the wall to the left of the 421-foot sign.

Heyward walked off the field under his own power, but with assistance from trainers.

Kris Bryant, who started the game at third base, replaced Heyward in right field, and Tommy La Stella came in at third base.

Nationals award World Series shares to scouts and minor league personnel

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports some good news: the Nationals have chosen to include scouts and minor league personnel as part of the group receiving World Series shares for the 2019 season. Manager Dave Martinez said it’s the first time he’s heard of such a thing happening.

The full postseason shares were announced last month. The Nationals players’ pool was in excess of $29 million. Obviously, adding such a large group of people reduces the average share for everyone else, but it is a significant bonus for the scouts and minor league personnel. We have noted many times here that an unnecessarily high percentage of minor leaguers — as well as many ancillary workers for minor league teams — don’t make a living wage. This bonus could mean someone is able to make rent, buy groceries, or buy their kids holiday gifts.

Really classy move on the Nationals’ part. Hopefully it becomes standard practice. Or, better yet, hopefully it becomes standard practice to simply pay minor leaguers and associated staff a fair wage.