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Aaron Judge to begin rehab assignment

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The Yankees announced this afternoon that Aaron Judge will start a rehab assignment today with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

That’s certainly good news. While the Yankees didn’t say how long it’ll be until he’s back in New York, based on the way these things usually go Judge probably has less than a week of minor league work ahead of him and will be back with the big club some time next week. Barring setbacks anyway.

Judge suffered a significant oblique strain in late April. At the time he was hitting .288/.404/.521 with five homers in 20 games.

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.