Dansby Swanson
Getty Images

Braves place Dansby Swanson, Nick Markakis on 10-day injured list

1 Comment

The Braves placed infielder Dansby Swanson and outfielder Nick Markakis on the 10-day injured list, the team announced Saturday. Swanson is dealing with a right foot contusion, while Markakis has a fractured left wrist.

Swanson, 25, jammed his left heel into a base during Tuesday’s 5-4 loss to the Royals and hasn’t appeared in a game since. He’s been replaced by Johan Camargo at shortstop, who figures to hold down the position for the foreseeable future. Prior to the injury, Swanson batted .265/.330/.468 with 17 home runs, 57 RBI, and a .798 OPS across 431 plate appearances.

Markakis, 35, will likely be laid up longer than the standard 10 days after taking a pitch off of his left wrist during Friday’s game, though he’s unlikely to need surgery. This figures to be his first IL stint of the year, disrupting the .284/.358/.429 batting line, nine homers, 55 RBI, and .787 OPS he maintained through his first 416 PA of 2019.

In corresponding roster moves, the Braves reinstated left-hander Max Fried from the 10-day IL and recalled outfielder Adam Duvall from Triple-A Gwinnett. Prior to landing on the injured list for yet another blister issue, the 25-year-old Fried pitched to a 10-4 record in 19 starts with a 4.08 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.9 SO/9 across 103 2/3 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.

Rangers, Padres, White Sox to continue paying minor leaguers

Nashville Sounds
John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
1 Comment

In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.

Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.

Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.