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Alex Cobb to undergo season-ending hip surgery

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MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that Orioles starter Alex Cobb will undergo season-ending surgery on his right hip later this week. Cobb hasn’t pitched since late April due to a lumbar strain. Kubatko notes that the procedure will correct a ffemoroacetabular impingement, which GM Mike Elias said is “basically some boney outgrowth that’s rubbing up against some soft tissue.”

Cobb, 31, made only three starts for the Orioles this season, allowing 15 earned runs on 21 hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. He is under contract for two more seasons, earning $14 million in 2020 and $15 million in 2021.

Cobb will rehab in Sarasota after undergoing surgery. The Orioles expect him to be ready for spring training next year.

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.