Drew Hutchison is scheduled to return to the Blue Jays’ starting rotation on August 29

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Drew Hutchison, the Blue Jays’ 2015 Opening Day starter, was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Monday afternoon. But it was just a strategical move with Toronto facing a light schedule of eight games in 10 days and the 22-year-old right-hander is due to return to the starting rotation August 29 against the Tigers, according to John Lott of Canada’s National Post.

Hutchison pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Blue Jays’ big 3-1 win at Yankee Stadium, moving to 12-2 on the season. But it’s mostly been a frustrating year for the major league sophomore, who holds a 5.06 ERA in 131 2/3 total frames. He’s been given MLB-best run support.

Hutchison has failed to complete six innings in 15 of his 24 starts and has allowed four or more runs in 12 of his 24 starts, but the Toronto offense has backed him with nearly seven runs per outing.

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.