The Reds announced on Monday that infielder Derek Dietrich has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his left shoulder. Infielder Blake Trahan was designated for assignment and minor league utilityman Brian O’Grady has been promoted from Triple-A Louisville.
Dietrich, 30, has been enjoying a terrific season for the Reds, batting .207/.349/.514 with 19 home runs and 43 RBI in 273 plate appearances. His .863 OPS would be a career-high if the season were to end today and his home run total is already a career-best. Interestingly, Dietrich also leads the majors having been hit by a pitch 23 times.
O’Grady, 27, has put up a productive .277/.351/.562 triple-slash line at Triple-A with 27 home runs, 70 RBI, 66 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 437 trips to the plate.
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.