It’s been a rough couple of months for Diamondbacks’ catcher Chris Herrmann, who returned from a prolonged stint on the disabled list on Tuesday after sitting out most of the year with a hamstring strain. Not two games into the second half of his season, he broke two bones in his left hand after stealing second during the seventh inning of Friday’s 12-inning loss to the Giants.
The 28-year-old is expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday and will miss the rest of the season, putting his season stat line at .284/.352/.493 with six home runs and a 1.5 fWAR over 56 games with Arizona. The loss will leave the Diamondbacks’ bench a little emptier than before, though it’s unlikely to have a drastic effect on their catching options, as they’ve been operating at full speed with Welington Castillo behind the plate since April and Tuffy Gosewisch as a second half backup.
Herrmann wasn’t the only player to leave Friday’s game with an injury. Outfielder A.J. Pollock, who was working on a 12-game stretch with Arizona after rehabbing a broken elbow, left in the first inning after suffering a left groin strain while jogging to first base. Pollock batted .244/.326/.390 with a home run and 0.3 fWAR during two weeks with the Diamondbacks. According to manager Chip Hale, the club hasn’t ruled out the outfielder’s return before the end of the 2016 season, though it’ll be at least a week before he begins the rehab process.
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.