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Marlins option struggling Lewis Brinson to Triple-A

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The Marlins announced on Tuesday that struggling outfielder Lewis Brinson has been optioned to Triple-A New Orleans and outfielder Garrett Cooper has been activated from the 10-day injured list.

Brinson, 24, compiled a worrisome .197/.247/.263 triple-slash line with just five doubles and four RBI in 82 plate appearances. Once considered one of baseball’s best prospects while in the Rangers’ minor league system, Brinson has a meager .561 OPS across parts of three seasons in the majors. Brinson went to the Brewers in August 2016, then was sent to the Marlins in January 2018 from the Brewers in the Christian Yelich deal.

Cooper, 28, was dealing with a calf strain. He was hitless in seven trips to the plate prior to the injury.

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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.