The Washington Nationals have changed course and told their minor leaguers on Monday they will receive their full weekly stipends of $400 through June.
The change comes after reliever Sean Doolittle tweeted that the team's Major League players would cover a planned cut in those payments.
Washington's Major Leaguers held a conference call after The Athletic reported Sunday the club would be releasing more than two dozen minor league players and reducing stipends for players in the minors from $400 to $300 per week.
A text message sent by the Nationals to players in the minors on Monday read: "Upon further internal discussion, you will receive your full stipend of $400 per week through the month of June. We will consider future payments on a month to month basis. Thank you!"
It's not unusual for big league teams to release minor leaguers at this time of year, although it isn't usually this many.