During the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Dodgers, Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun was hit in the face by a Julio Urías pitch. Calhoun remained on the ground for several minutes before being carted off the field and taken to a local hospital. A CT scan indicated a fractured jaw.
On Monday, Calhoun underwent surgery to insert a plate in order to stabilize his jaw, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports. Calhoun should be discharged later this week. He will be reevaluated in two weeks. This almost certainly means he will open the regular season on the injured list.
In Calhoun’s absence, the Rangers could consider Nick Solak, Scott Heineman, and/or Adolis García in left field.
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.