Recently-acquired starter J.A. Happ was sent home by the Yankees on Tuesday after it was revealed he contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. That puts into question his upcoming scheduled start against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday. The Yankees enter Tuesday trailing the Red Sox by six games in the AL East.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is more common in children than adults and is caused by Coxsackievirus A16 or Enterovirus 71. You may recall that Mets starter Noah Syndergaard had to be placed on the 10-day disabled list recently after picking it up, apparently at a youth camp he attended during the All-Star break.
Happ, 35, impressed in his Yankees debut, holding the Royals to a lone run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts over six innings. On the season, Happ owns a 4.05 ERA with 132 strikeouts and 36 walks in 120 innings.
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.