Twins catcher Mitch Garver has been fantastic this year, hitting at a .329/.418/.747 clip with nine homers. He was fantastic last night too, hitting a two-run homer and making a game-saving play at the plate by catching a Byron Buxton throw to nail a sliding Shohei Ohtani. If Buxton and Garver don’t make that play the game is tied and anything can happen.
Unfortunately something did happen on that play that was bad for the Twins: Ohtani slid into Garver’s planted foot and Garver limped away with a sprained ankle. It was a fantastic throw — and kudos to Garver for making the play — but that left foot is not supposed to do that:
Garver said after the game that he felt like he’d be feeling more pain than he was, but it might’ve just been adrenaline talking. The Twins will reevaluate him today. It would not be shocking if he had to go on the injured list. If he does, Jason Castro and Willians Astudillo, each of whom are having nice years at the plate themselves, will take over.
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’.