UPDATE: The Blue Jays just announced that Davis has been placed on the disabled list. Mike McCoy will take his place on the roster, effective tomorrow.
7:00 PM: Rajai Davis, who had a huge spring for the Blue Jays before injuring his ankle on April 1, is expected to miss at least the next couple of games after aggravating the injury and leaving Sunday’s contest.
Davis returned from the original injury on April 5, but he wasn’t feeling 100 percent at any point and Saturday’s 14-inning game took a toll.
“I think the innings didn’t help,” Davis said. “Then with such a quick turnover, playing an early game, day game, not much time to rest it. Really tough on it when it’s still healing.”
Davis, who is known for his blazing speed, stunned everyone by collecting four homers and eight doubles in 63 at-bats this spring. He hit .333/.386/.714 overall. However, the regular season has been a different story, as he was 5-for-32 with just one extra-base hit and nine strikeouts before exiting Sunday. That gave him a .156/.156/.188 line.
With Davis sidelined, Corey Patterson is slated to play center field for the Jays.
Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.
Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.
Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.
As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.