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Report: Kenta Maeda headed to injured list

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The Dodgers are expected to place starter Kenta Maeda on the 10-day injured list on Friday prior to the series-opening game against the Reds in Cincinnati, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. It’s not clear yet what exactly Maeda’s ailment is. It’s quite possible this is just roster trickery aimed at limiting the right-hander’s innings.

Maeda, 31, had a terrific start against the Padres on Wednesday, tossing 6 2/3 scoreless innings, yielding just three hits with no walks and 12 strikeouts on 85 pitches. On the season, he carries a 3.51 ERA with a 52/20 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.

Castillo notes that the Dodgers are expected to recall outfielder Kyle Garlick and corner infielder Matt Beaty from Triple-A Oklahoma City ahead of tomorrow’s game. This comes on the heels of some other roster moves the Dodgers made yesterday, which involved activating Caleb Ferguson from the injured list and optioning J.T. Chargois and Rocky Gale to Triple-A.

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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.