Mets closer Jenrry Mejia has been pitching through a sports hernia for basically the entire second half of the season, and he will have it repaired via surgery almost as soon as the 2014 campaign is through.
As first reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mejia is scheduled to go under the knife October 2 in Philadelphia. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Bill Meyers, who successfully corrected a bilateral hernia for Mets reliever Scott Rice last September.
Mejia opened this season in the Mets’ rotation but got demoted to bullpen duties in mid-May after registering a 5.06 ERA over his first seven outings. He’s been very good in relief, boasting a 2.89 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings since May 12 to go along with 27 saves. It’s not yet clear how the Mets are planning to use Mejia in 2015, but the young right-hander should be fully healthy by Opening Day. The typical recovery time for hernia surgeries is only about a month.
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.