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Braves promote Kyle Wright

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In the flurry of September call-ups, Braves pitching prospect Kyle Wright has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett and is expected to make his major league debut sometime over the next month. While Wright could eventually transition back into a starting role, Gabriel Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that manager Brian Snitker has the right-hander tabbed to operate exclusively out of the bullpen, at least for the time being.

Wright, 22, was selected fifth overall in the 2017 amateur draft and currently ranks second in the Braves’ farm system behind fellow right-hander Mike Soroka, per MLB Pipeline. He made a rapid ascension through the minors over the last two years, jumping from Double-A to Triple-A in 2018 and shifted to relief during his last few outings in order to avoid bumping up against an innings limit, which would have compromised his ability to pitch in the majors this season. Over 27 appearances in 2018, the righty posted a combined 3.46 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 and 8.7 SO/9 through 138 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.

The Braves also selected the contract of outfielder Lane Adams, recalled outfielder Michael Reed and right-handed prospects Touki Toussaint and Bryse Wilson, and activated right-hander Shane Carle and catcher Rene Rivera to round out Saturday’s roster moves. Arodys Vizcaino has been temporarily shifted to the 60-day disabled list with a bout of right shoulder inflammation, but is expected to begin a rehab assignment on Sunday and remains on track to rejoin the team before the end of the regular season.

Nationals’ major leaguers to continue offering financial assistance to minor leaguers

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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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.