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Lou Trivino out for rest of season after slipping in shower

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Athletics relievers Blake Treinen and Lou Trivino will not pitch again this season, including the playoffs, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Treinen has been dealing with a stress reaction in his back while Trivino suffered a cracked rib after slipping in the shower recently.

Trivino, 27, wasn’t having the best season anyway, compiling a 5.25 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 31 walks across 60 innings of work.

Treinen, 31, was arguably baseball’s best reliever last year but wasn’t able to follow that up with a similarly dominant 2019. He has 16 saves with a 4.91 ERA and a 59/37 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings.

The A’s, now down two relievers, entered play Tuesday leading the first AL Wild Card by 1.5 games over the Rays. The Indians trailed the Rays by a half-game for the second Wild Card. This race looks like it could be a photo finish.

Report: David Price to pay each Dodgers minor leaguer $1,000 out of his own pocket

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Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.

That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.

Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.

Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.