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Yankees place CC Sabathia on injured list

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CC Sabathia‘s arthritic right knee is acting up again and, as such, the Yankees have placed him on the injured list.

Sabathia pitched against the Orioles last night, laboring through five innings and picking up the win thanks to the Bombers’ bombastic attack. After the game, though, he said he was ailing, referring to a shooting pain that goes through his knee every time he plants while delivering a pitch. At the time he said he might skip “at least” one start, but an injured list trip will probably make it more like two. He said that some rest and a cortisone shot should help his knee get back to playing shape.

Sabathia is in his final year as a big leaguer, having announced his retirement, effective after the 2019 season, before the season began. So far this year he’s 3-1 with a 3.48 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 34/17 in 41.1 innings across eight starts.

Sabathia could be replaced by Chance Adams, currently at Triple-A for his next start. James Paxton is likewise about to come off the injured list himself, so the Yankees should be able to whether the big guy’s absence pretty well.

Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut

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Yesterday it was reported that the Washington Nationals would cut the weekly stipend paid to their minor leaguers from $400 a week to $300 per week through the end of June.

For frame of reference, MLB had agreed to pay all minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Several teams have agreed to extend that, with the Royals and Twins agreeing to do it all the way through the end of August. The Oakland A’s decided to stop the payments in their entirety as of today. The Nationals were unique in cutting $100 off of the checks.

The A’s and the Nationals have taken a great amount of flak for what they’ve done. The Nats move was immediately countered by Nationals major league players announcing that they would cover what the organization would not.

The A’s are, apparently, still sticking to their plan. The Nats, however, have reversed course:

One can easily imagine a situation in which Nats ownership just decided, cold-heartedly, to lop that hundred bucks off of each minor league check and not worry about a moment longer. What’s harder to imagine is what seems to have actually happened: the Nats did it without realizing that anyone would take issue with it, were surprised by the blowback, and then reversed course. Like, what kind of a bubble where they living in that they did not think people would consider that a low-rent thing to do?

In any event, good move, Nats, even if I cannot even begin to comprehend your thought process.