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Jordan Montgomery to undergo Tommy John surgery

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MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday. That will end his 2018 season and likely keep him out for all of the 2019 season as well.

Montgomery, 25, hasn’t pitched since May 1 due to a flexor strain in his left elbow. In six starts prior to the injury, Montgomery posted a 3.62 ERA with 23 strikeouts and 12 walks in 27 1/3 innings.

Domingo Germán took Montgomery’s spot in the rotation last month, but has struggled. In six starts, he has given up 20 runs (19 earned) on 22 hits and 12 walks with 26 strikeouts in 27 innings.

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.