Mariners starter Felix Hernandez left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Cubs in the bottom of the second inning after taking a Victor Caratini line drive off of his pitching arm. Hernandez was in “serious pain” and walked off the field with trainers, per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Mariners should provide an update after evaluating Hernandez. Obviously, it’s a big scare for the club though the veteran is coming off of a rough 2017. He went 6-5 with a 4.36 ERA and a 78/26 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 innings last season. Hernandez and James Paxton were set to lead a rotation that also includes Mike Leake and Erasmo Ramirez.
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’.