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Hyun-Jin Ryu exits start against Cardinals with strained groin

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Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu was removed in the second inning of Monday’s start in St. Louis against the Cardinals with a strained left groin, SportsNetLA’s Alanna Rizzo reports. Ryu recorded five outs, yielding a pair of runs on two hits and a walk with one strikeout.

Injuries were the big concern for the Dodgers’ starting rotation entering the season. Ryu could join fellow rotation mates Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill on the injured list. The Dodgers should pass along more information on Ryu’s status later tonight or on Tuesday.

Ryu, 32, pitched well in his first two starts of the season, limiting the opposition to three runs on 10 hits with no walks and 13 strikeouts over 13 innings.

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.