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Giancarlo Stanton expected to miss the rest of the season with a strained groin

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Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton suffered a strained left groin on the final play of Saturday’s 8-7 loss to the White Sox. The MRI showed the strain to be “serious,” MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports — serious enough that manager Don Mattingly expects Stanton to miss the rest of the season. The club has placed him and teammate Adam Conley (sore hand) on the 15-day disabled list, Frisaro reports.

Facing closer David Robertson with two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the ninth inning, Stanton hit a pop fly to shallow right-center. Adam Eaton charged in and attempted to make a sliding grab, but it bounced off of him. Stanton attempted to take second base on the play but appeared to suffer his injury about 10 feet from the bag and he was tagged out for the final out of the game.

The Marlins entered play Sunday at 60-56, 8.5 games behind the first-place Nationals and a half-game out of the second National League Wild Card slot. Needless to say, losing Stanton will hamper their playoff hopes.

Stanton, 26, is hitting .244/.329/.496 with 25 home runs and 70 RBI in 432 plate appearances this season. The slugger’s absence will mean regular playing time for Ichiro Suzuki.

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.