The Rays announced on Tuesday that starter Chris Archer has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 3, with a left abdominal strain. Pitcher Diego Castillo has been recalled from Triple-A Durham.
Archer, 29, exited his start on Saturday against the Mariners after five innings after suffering the injury. He hits the DL with a 4.24 ERA and a 76/26 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings.
Archer was considered one of the players that could potentially be moved by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. His injury isn’t considered serious, so it likely doesn’t impact whether or not he will be traded. The right-hander is under contract through 2019 with two club options for 2020 and ’21.
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.