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Three Rangers minor leaguers presumed positive for COVID-19

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that three Rangers minor leaguers are showing symptoms consistent with coronavirus (COVID-19) and are being presumed positive. As a result, all three have self-quarantined.

Two of the three players have connections to people who have tested positive for COVID-19. None of the players has undergone a test, however, as they are still scarce in the U.S.

The U.S. surpassed 300,000 total COVID-19 cases several days ago and will soon reach 400,000. Eventually, baseball organizations with players or other employees that have tested positive or are presumed positive will be commonplace.

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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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.