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‘Good chance’ Joe Panik needs thumb surgery

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Giants second baseman Joe Panik will see a specialist in Los Angeles to determine the severity of his thumb injury. Manager Bruce Bochy said on Sunday that there’s a “good chance” Panik will need thumb surgery.

Kelby Tomlinson and Alen Hanson are expected to handle second base while Panik is out. Pavlovic notes that Panik’s injury usually comes with a timetable of six to eight weeks.

Panik, 27, has been struggling at the plate since mid-April. In 10 games between April 15-27, he hit .184 with no extra-base hits across 41 plate appearances.

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.