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Cesar Hernandez likely out for the season with dislocated thumb

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Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez dislocated his left thumb in a collision with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in the seventh inning of Sunday’s win. He was replaced by Andres Blanco. Hernandez is likely done for the season, CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports.

Hernandez had charged in on a Rizzo ground out but lost control of the ball on the transfer. The ball skipped towards the first base bag and Hernandez was unable to corral it. His momentum took him into Rizzo, causing him to dislocate his left thumb. Pete Mackanin said that Darnell Sweeney, acquired from the Dodgers in the Chase Utley trade, will get a look at second base.

Hernandez, 25, finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. He’s hitting .272/.339/.348 with one home run, 35 RBI, 57 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases in 448 plate appearances. He filled in admirably for Utley while he was on the disabled list earlier in the season, then took over the position for good when the Phillies sent Utley to Los Angeles.

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.