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Pirates place Chris Archer on 10-day injured list with thumb inflammation

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Pirates starter Chris Archer is headed to the 10-day injured list after suffering a bout of inflammation in his right thumb, the team announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever Michael Feliz has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and will assume Archer’s roster spot.

Archer, 30, started to feel discomfort in his pitching hand during Friday’s 6-2 loss to the Dodgers. He lasted just four innings, giving up six runs on six hits and three walks and striking out three of 20 batters. This will be his first IL stint of 2019 and his first official time away from the team since he sustained a left groin strain last fall.

Before Saturday’s designation, the right-hander was 1-2 in five starts with a 4.33 ERA, 4.0 BB/9, and 9.7 SO/9 through 27 innings. His official replacement in the rotation has yet to be announced.

Feliz, 26, has yet to make his season debut for the big league club. He issued seven hits, one run, six walks, and 12 strikeouts over his first nine innings in Triple-A this spring.

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.