Jose Reyes expected to miss three months with severe ankle sprain

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The news is in on Jose Reyes’ left ankle. And it’s not good.

According to Scott MacArthur of TSN Radio 1050, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters in Kansas City this afternoon that Reyes is expected to miss three months. This is essentially the worst-case scenario of the timetable presented by Anthopoulos last night.

While a fracture has been ruled out, Reyes is dealing with what is being called a “severe sprain.” He’ll undergo another MRI once the swelling goes down, but the Blue Jays are prepared to get by without him until mid-July.

The Blue Jays will go with the newly-promoted Munenori Kawasaki at shortstop tonight while Emilio Bonifacio will start in right field and Jose Bautista will move back to his former position at third base. Of course, the Bautista move is only temporary, as Brett Lawrie should be ready to return from his rib cage injury soon.

According to MacArthur, Anthopoulos acknowledged again today that he’s looking into trade possibilities at shortstop and is valuing defense over offense.

Red Sox employees “livid” over team pay cut plan

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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.