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CC Sabathia likely headed for the disabled list with a strained hamstring

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Yankees starter CC Sabathia suffered a strained left hamstring in last night’s start against the Angels. Manager Joe Girardi says the big guy is likely headed for the 10-day disabled list. He’ll have an MRI today to determine the severity of the injury.

Sabathia said after the game that “it sucks.” And, yes, it certainly does given how good Sabathia has been lately. He had won his previous five starts and had only allowed an unearned run in the four innings he pitched before injuring himself last night. On the year he’s 7-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 13 starts.

His next turn in the rotation is set for Sunday at Oakland. Chad Green or Domingo German are the most likely candidates to take his place.

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.