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Mets activate Robinson Canó from injured list

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The Mets announced on Tuesday that second baseman Robinson Canó has been activated from the 10-day injured list. He is not in Tuesday’s starting lineup against the Nationals but he is available off the bench.

Canó, 36, spent about a month on the IL recovering from a torn left hamstring. He has had a miserable season, but looked like he was finally snapping out of it with multiple hits in four consecutive games to open August before suffering his injury. He will have three and a half weeks to improve on his .252/.295/.415 batting line. Canó also has 10 home runs, 32 RBI, and 37 runs scored in 346 plate appearances on the year.

Joe Panik handled the bulk of the workload at second base while Canó was out. He put up a meager .650 OPS and will be relegated to bench duty once Canó is back in an everyday role.

Nationals’ major leaguers to continue offering financial assistance to minor leaguers

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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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.