Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel will be placed on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his right knee. The Cubs are hopeful he will need only the minimum 10 days on the sideline.
Kimbrel, 31, has struggled since making his 2019 season debut on June 27 after signing a three-year, $43 million contract in early June. He has allowed eight runs on 13 hits and eight walks with 17 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings.
Steve Cishek would seem to be the first candidate to handle save situations for the Cubs while Kimbrel is out. He has seven saves and a 2.94 ERA this season.
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’.