Christian Yelich is still out for the remainder of the season after fouling a ball off his knee the other night, but there is some good news: he does not need surgery and the injury is not expected to give him any long-term trouble.
That was the announcement from the Brewers this morning, who said that the right patella fracture is “small,” that he should be sidelined for 8-10 weeks, but that there shouldn’t be any lingering effects of it. The club will seek a second opinion, but there is no expectation that that will change the diagnosis.
Yelich was on an MVP-trajectory for the second straight season when he went down and finishes his season batting .329/.429/.671 with 44 homers, 97 RBI, 30 stolen bases, 328 total bases and WAR of 7.1.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.