Pop quiz, hot shot!
You hit two home runs in a game and then, the very next game, in the first inning, with the score tied at zero, you come to the plate. What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?!
Well, if you’re Trea Turner you try to bunt. And you miss and the ball hits your index finger and breaks it and now you’re on the injured list. There’s no timetable yet for his return, but the Nats are going to be without their starting shortstop for the next several weeks.
From the sound of it, the bunt was Turner’s decision. He said the pitch appeared to him as a spinning slider that, he felt, he could get some wood on if he dropped to bunt. It’s hard to talk through instinctual moves after the fact, so I’m guessing the case seemed more compelling to him in real time, but I’m also guessing he rues that decision.
Wilmer Difo will likely get the bulk of the action at short in Turner’s first absence from Nats game action since 2017.
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’.