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Lorenzo Cain fouls ball off leg, exits game

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Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain was forced to leave Tuesday night’s game against the Pirates after fouling a ball off of his left leg leading off the first inning. Cain was tended to by team trainers before hobbling off of the field.

Ben Gamel replaced Cain, lining out to finish the at-bat.

Cain, 33, has had a disappointing year, batting .251/.314/.365 with eight home runs, 37 RBI, 60 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 472 plate appearances.

The Brewers should have an update on Cain’s status later tonight, likely after the conclusion of their game against the Pirates.

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.