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Billy Hamilton day-to-day with mild left knee sprain

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Update (9:59 PM ET): Flanagan reports that Hamilton has been diagnosed with a mild left knee sprain and is considered day-to-day.

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Royals outfielder Billy Hamilton collided with the wall in center field attempting to catch a fly ball hit by the Mariners’ Mitch Haniger in the top of the ninth inning on Thursday afternoon. Haniger ended up knocking in two runs with a two-out triple, tying the game at 6-6. Hamilton was clearly in pain as the ball bounced back towards the infield. After being tended to by team trainers, Hamilton was carted off the field.

MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Hamilton will undergo an MRI on his left knee.

Hamilton went viral on Tuesday, scoring from second base on a sacrifice fly. Though he’s batting a subpar .237/.286/.237 in 42 plate appearances this season, he can still create excitement at a moment’s notice.

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.