Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun was carted off the field after being hit in the face by a Julio Urías pitch in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Dodgers. Calhoun remained on the ground for a few minutes and appeared to be spitting blood, but got up under his own power and was carted off the field.
Calhoun, slated to be the everyday left fielder, has been diagnosed with a fractured jaw.
Calhoun, 25, was once a prospect in the Dodgers’ system but was traded to the Rangers in the Yu Darvish deal. Over parts of three seasons with the Rangers, he has put together a .258/.311/.468 slash line along with 24 home runs, 63 RBI, and 62 runs scored in 482 plate appearances.
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.