Add another injured player to the Cleveland Indians’ injured list: Jason Kipnis‘ season is over.
Kipnis left Sunday’s game against the Twins in the seventh inning with right wrist discomfort. He was examined yesterday and the team just announced that he fractured the hamate bone in his right wrist. The injury will require surgery that has a four-to-six week recover period, so his year is over.
Kipnis’ season ends with him batting .245/.304/.410 with 17 homers and 65 driven in. He’s in the final year of a six-year, $52.5 million deal. The Indians hold a team option on him for 2020 for $16.5 million with a $2.5 million buyout, but given his poor performance over the past three seasons — and the fact that he’ll turn 33 in April — it’s almost certain that they’ll decline it, making him a free agent.
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.