Oakland A’s first baseman Matt Olson left today’s game against the Mariners with pain in his right hand. The A’s say that he felt pain after fouling off a pitch and then, later, had trouble gripping the bat. He’ll be reevaluated after he gets back to the states from Japan.
Speculation is always kinda dicey, but that fits the pattern of a hamate bone injury, which can sideline a hitter for months and months.
Olson, 24, hit 29 homers and drove in 84 while playing in all 162 of the A’s games last season. He’s obviously an important part of the Athletics’ lineup, so losing him for an extended period would be a bad thing.
Here’s hoping that it’s something far less serious than a hamate bone.
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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.