Michael Morse received a cortisone injection, hopes to return Tuesday


CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly is reporting that Giants 1B/OF Michael Morse returned to San Francisco to receive a cortisone injection for his ailing oblique. Manager Bruce Bochy hopes his slugger will be able to return to the lineup on Tuesday.

Morse, 32, hasn’t played since August 31. He has put together a solid season for the Giants after joining them on a one-year, $6 million deal in December. He has a .280/.338/.477 slash line with 16 home runs and 61 RBI in 480 plate appearances.

Morse had been playing first base towards the end of August, which allowed Gregor Blanco more time in left field. In three games prior to tonight, the Giants had used Joaquin Arias, Buster Posey, and Travis Ishikawa at first base. Ishikawa started at first base again in tonight’s game against the Tigers.

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.