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Twins place C.J. Cron on 10-day injured list

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Twins first baseman C.J. Cron is headed to the 10-day injured list with right thumb inflammation, the team revealed Saturday. Cron’s roster spot will be taken by LaMonte Wade Jr., who was recalled from Triple-A Rochester and started in left field during Saturday’s game against the Rangers.

According to manager Rocco Baldelli, the injury was starting to hamper Cron’s mechanics and effectiveness at the plate. While the team doesn’t expect him to be out much longer than the minimum 10 days, they’d prefer to err on the side of caution during his recovery process. The 29-year-old infielder last appeared in Friday’s 15-6 win over the Rangers and went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles. He currently sports a .266/.326/.495 batting line with 17 home runs and an .821 OPS through 331 plate appearances. Until his return, which is expected sometime after the All-Star Break, Miguel Sanó will take over his starts at first base.

Wade, 25, is still working through his first season at the major-league level. Prior to Saturday’s start, he made just one appearance for the Twins in 2019, going hitless in two plate appearances in a 6-4 loss to the White Sox last month. Still, the potential for something greater is there: he ranked no. 22 in the club’s top 30 prospects and slashed a combined .257/.360/.380 at Double-A and Triple-A earlier this year.

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.