CC Sabathia hasn’t thrown off a mound yet, but says he’s “pretty much back to 100 percent”

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CC Sabathia is a huge question mark for the Yankees thanks to two seasons of poor performances and chronic knee problems, but the former Cy Young winner says he’s feeling good three months after surgery.

Sabathia told Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record that he’s “pretty much back to 100 percent” and “I feel good enough to do all my workouts, to play catch and kind of have a normal offseason.”

For now he’s throwing twice a week off flat ground and doesn’t plan to throw off a mound until spring training, so it’ll be tough to gauge his overall readiness for a while.

Sabathia, who was shut down for the season in May, has a 4.87 ERA with 38 homers allowed in 40 starts since 2013. He’s owed $23 million in 2015, $25 million in 2016, and $25 million or a $5 million buyout for 2017.

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.