The Boston Red Sox announced this afternoon that Dustin Pedroia underwent a “left knee joint preservation surgery.” Bill Koch of the Providence Journal tweeted out an article about that procedure from the Cleveland Clinic that said the surgery is an alternative to knee replacement. Pedroia is going to attempt to rehab the knee after recovering from surgery, so it made sense that he’d choose the less-invasive procedure, but the fact that that is the choice he’s facing suggests his knee is in super bad shape.
Pedroia, who turns 36 this month, played in only three games last year and appeared in just six games this year, accruing just three hits in 34 plate appearances. In May, after being placed back on the injured list, Pedroia said that he was unsure if he will ever play again.
It’s quite possible that this procedure is a last ditch effort in order to save his career.
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.