Mark Teixeira left Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays after five innings with soreness in his right wrist, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Brendan Ryan took his spot at first base. Teixeira will be evaluated further by team physicians. Though the end of the season is on the horizon, Teixeira hopes to play through the injury, seeking a third cortisone injection.
This is not the first time Teixeira’s right wrist has acted up. He didn’t make his 2013 season debut until May 31 due to a partially torn tendon sheath in his right arm, and went back on the disabled list on June 16 with the same injury. He has been in and out of the lineup several times this season with wrist soreness.
Though Teixeira leads the Yankees with 21 home runs, the wrist injury has left the first baseman a shadow of his former self. Following his 0-for-2 performance on Saturday, he owns a .216/.317/.395 with 58 RBI on the season.
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.