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Carlos Carrasco ‘stepping away from baseball activities’ due to blood condition

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The Cleveland Indians just announced that starter Carlos Carrasco is “stepping away from baseball activities” and has been placed on the injured list due to “a recently diagnosed blood condition.”

The club did not say what the blood condition is, but noted that it has caused Carrasco to feel lethargic for several weeks. They refer to Carrasco as being in the “information-gathering stage” and that his treatment plan will be revealed at Carrasco’s and his family’s discretion. They do expect Carrasco to be back with the team some time this season, but there is currently no timeline. They have asked everyone to “keep Carlos and his family in their thoughts in this challenging time.”

That’s both vague and ominous sounding but here’s hoping for the best.

Carrasco is 4-6 with a 4.98 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 79/11 in 65 innings across 12 starts. The Indians have recalled Jon Edwards and Nick Goody from Columbus to help fill in the gaps during Carrasco’s absence.

 

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.