Per Kelly Crull of NBC Sports Chicago, the Cubs have activated reliever Pedro Strop from the injured list and placed reliever Brandon Kintzler on the IL due to inflammation in his right pectoral muscle. Kintzler’s injury is considered mild. Manager Joe Maddon said, “To push it right now, didn’t think it was wise.”
Strop, 34, missed the minimum 10 days due to neck tightness. He returns with a 5.20 ERA and a 29/9 K/BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings this season.
Kintzler, who turned 35 years old last week, has posted a 2.33 ERA with 40 strikeouts and 10 walks in 46 1/3 innings of work. Kintzler joins fellow reliever Craig Kimbrel on the IL. Kimbrel is dealing with inflammation in his right knee but is expected to only miss 10 days.
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’.