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Mets place Robinson Canó on 10-day injured list


Mets second baseman Robinson Canó has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left quad strain, the team announced Sunday. The move is retroactive to June 6 and is not expected to keep Canó off the field for long; per Tim Healey of Newsday, he’s scheduled to start a rehab assignment on Tuesday with an anticipated return date of June 16.

It appears the Mets may have been too hasty in bringing Canó off the injured list earlier this week. He was activated for a start against the Giants on Wednesday, but chose to make an early exit in the fourth inning after feeling some tightness in his left quad. While he later told reporters the pain was much milder than the injury that initially landed him on the IL, it’s a disappointing development in what has turned into a somewhat lengthy recovery process.

For understandable reasons, the veteran infielder hasn’t posted anything close to his career-best numbers in 2019. Through Wednesday’s 7-0 win over the Giants, Canó is batting a limp .238/.284/.366 with three home runs, a .650 OPS, and -0.2 fWAR through 183 plate appearances. Until his return, Adeiny Hechavarría and Jeff McNeil will likely be tabbed to split second base duties.

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.