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Braves activate Ronald Acuña

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The Braves have activated rookie outfielder Ronald Acuã from the disabled list. He had been out for about a month due to an mild ACL sprain sustained while running out a ball to first and getting flung wildly, hither and yon. He’ll be back in the lineup tomorrow as the Braves take on the Cards in St. Louis.

Acuña is hitting .265/.326/.453 with five home runs, 13 RBI, and 19 runs scored in his first 129 big league plate appearances.

In other Braves injury news, they have placed pitcher Brandon McCarthy on the 10-day DL, retroactive to June 25, with right knee tendinitis. There weren’t any reports that he had been suffering from that, but the world is full of secrets and mysteries to which not all of us are privy and perhaps we should learn to embrace rather than fear the unknown.

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.