UPDATE: Jordy Mercer out six weeks with leg contusion and MCL sprain

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UPDATE: The Pirates placed Jordy Mercer on the 15-day disabled list with a lower leg contusion and MCL sprain. As expected, Brent Morel has been called up from Triple-A Indianapolis.

9:08 AM: Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was injured in yesterday’s loss to the Brewers when Carlos Gomez slid into him in the second inning while trying to break up a double play. It appears that Gomez and Mercer’s knees collided. Mercer was taken off the field on a cart. Mercer is back in Pittsburgh today to have his knee looked at.

No one seems to have taken issue with the slide. Clint Hurdle said after the game yesterday that it was a “baseball play,” even if it was a hard one. Gomez, for his part, tweeted out his thoughts after the game:

Jung Ho Kang, who has been starting at third lately for the injured Josh Harrison, will take over at shortstop while Mercer is out. Kang says he is comfortable with the switch given that he played most of his time at short while in Korea. Bill Brink of the Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates are likely to make a roster move today before the game, probably calling up Brent Morel, who can play third base.

If you have an infielder to shop, you may want to call the Pirates.

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.