Chad Billingsley heading back to L.A. to have his elbow examined

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Phillies pitcher Chad Billingsley will travel to Los Angeles to meet with his doctor and have his right elbow examined on August 6, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports. Billingsley went back on the 15-day disabled list on July 20 (retroactive to the 19th) with discomfort in his right flexor tendon. It’s his second stint on the DL this year.

Billingsley missed most of the 2013 season and all of the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. In seven starts for the Phillies this year, he compiled a 5.84 ERA with a 15/8 K/BB ratio over 37 innings. He signed with the Phillies on a one-year, $1.5 million deal in late January, hoping to stay healthy and reestablish himself as a major league starter, but that hasn’t been the case, unfortunately for him.

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.