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Nick Senzel out for remainder of season due to torn labrum

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The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans reports that Reds outfielder Nick Senzel will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Senzel, 24, appeared to suffer the injury making a catch against the center field fence in St. Louis on August 31. He played in his team’s next seven games but hasn’t played since September 7 and hasn’t logged an official plate appearance since the 5th.

Senzel’s rookie season ends with him batting .256/.315/.427 with 12 home runs, 42 RBI, 55 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 414 plate appearances.

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.