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Astros place Jake Marisnick on 10-day disabled list

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Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick landed on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain on Saturday. The severity of the injury and the projected timetable for his full recovery has yet to be revealed.

Marisnick, 27, sustained the injury after hitting a double during the seventh inning of Friday’s 5-2 loss against the Mariners. According to MLB.com’s Alyson Footer, Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon signaled to the Astros’ dugout and called for a trainer after Marisnick pulled up at second base and said, “I think I might have done something to my groin”:

This figures to be Marisnick’s first trip to the disabled list in 2018. While he’s remained fairly healthy this season, it hasn’t been his most productive campaign in the majors: Following Friday’s game, he’s batting just .217/.279/.411 with nine home runs and a .690 OPS through 191 PA.

In a corresponding move, top outfield prospect Kyle Tucker has been recalled from Triple-A Fresno. The 21-year-old Tucker collected just seven hits and three extra bases in his first foray into the majors, but has slashed an impressive .311/.373/.532 with 17 homers and a .905 OPS in Triple-A this year and currently ranks eighth-best among all major-league prospects, as determined by MLB Pipeline.

Rangers, Padres, White Sox to continue paying minor leaguers

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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’.