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Cubs place Steve Cishek on 10-day injured list

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The Cubs placed right-handed reliever Steve Cishek on the 10-day injured list with left hip inflammation, per an announcement on Saturday. The move is retroactive to August 4, but Cishek will likely need more than the minimum to complete the rehab process.

The 33-year-old righty previously missed five days with knee problems back in June, but hasn’t served any time on the IL since 2017. When healthy, he’s turned in seven saves with a 3.58 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, 8.2 SO/9, and 0.1 fWAR through 50 1/3 innings. Though he has yet to improve on the totals he delivered with the team in 2018, his absence will undoubtedly be felt in a bullpen that recently lost fellow reliever Craig Kimbrel to knee inflammation last week.

In a corresponding roster move, righty reliever Dillon Maples has been recalled from Triple-A Iowa. It’s Maples’ fourth such stint with the club this year, though he has yet to stick in the majors for any significant period of time. Over 10 appearances at the major league level, he’s issued five hits, 10 walks, and 13 strikeouts in eight innings so far. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he’s found more consistency in Triple-A this season, and will finish his stretch there with a 4.72 ERA, 7.9 BB/9, and 16.5 SO/9 through 34 1/3 frames.

Rangers, Padres, White Sox to continue paying minor leaguers

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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’.