The Braves have placed shortstop Dansby Swanson on the 10-day disabled list with left wrist inflammation, per a team announcement on Friday. In a corresponding move, outfielder Preston Tucker was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. No concrete timeline has been set for Swanson’s return, but he will undergo tests throughout the weekend and isn’t expected back until May 14, when the Braves host the Cubs for a makeup game at the end of their week-long road trip.
Swanson, 24, aggravated the injury during the club’s 7-0 shutout against the Mets on Wednesday. He experienced some pain in his left wrist on a swinging strikeout in the fifth inning and was pulled as a precaution, though he’d already been dealing with wrist issues for the past several weeks. Prior to landing on the disabled list, Swanson was swatting a solid .289/.336/.430 with 11 extra bases and a .766 OPS through his first 122 plate appearances of the season. He figures to be replaced by infielder Johan Camargo for the time being.
Outfielder Preston Tucker will assume Swanson’s spot on the roster, despite being optioned to Triple-A earlier on Friday to clear space for the newly-activated Jose Bautista. Tucker doesn’t figure to see significant playing time in the outfield, but he’s looked decent at the plate during his limited time with the team this year, turning in a .282/.313/.487 batting line, 10 extra bases and an .800 OPS in 83 PA.
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.