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Paul DeJong to undergo surgery on a broken left pinkie finger

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Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong will undergo surgery to insert a plate in his left pinkie finger, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. DeJong was diagnosed with a fractured left hand and subsequently placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday. The club has yet to announce a definite timeline for his return to the roster, though it looks like he’ll miss significant time during the recovery process.

DeJong, 24, sustained the fracture after taking an 84.5-MPH slider off of his hand during the eighth inning of Thursday’s 6-2 loss to the Phillies. It wasn’t immediately clear that he had been struck by the pitch, but a replay review eventually overturned a foul ball call and awarded him the base. The shortstop didn’t appear to be in excessive pain during the incident, and completed the last inning of the game without issue.

This is just the second season of the 24-year-old’s major-league career. He left Thursday’s game batting .260/.351/.473 with eight home runs and an .824 OPS through his first 171 plate appearances of the year. Without him, the Cardinals are expected to utilize veteran corner infielder Jedd Gyorko in the interim.

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.