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Dellin Betances suffers partial tear of left Achilles tendon

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Yankees reliever Dellin Betances suffered a season-ending injury, The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler reports. Betances has a partial tear of the left Achilles tendon, which manager Aaron Boone believes happened when Betances jumped while on the mound during Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays. According to James Wagner of The New York Times, the Yankees haven’t ruled out surgery as an option.

Betances, 31, missed most of the season due to shoulder and lat injuries. He returned on Sunday for his season debut in Toronto, striking out both batters he faced.

It sounds odd to ask about a team that just won its 99th game of the season, but are the Yankees cursed? Their injured list would be a competitive team on its own. The list of injuries has chewed through the Yankees’ depth so badly they have had to rely on players like Gio Urshela, Mike Ford, Mike Tauchman, and Thairo Estrada… and they really haven’t missed a beat, somehow. Now the bullpen will once again be short one dominant reliever with the postseason on the horizon.

Betances is eligible for free agency shortly after the postseason has concluded. The injury really couldn’t have come at a worse time for Betances, especially since it will likely cause him to get a late start to the 2020 season as well.

Max Scherzer: ‘There’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions’

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MLBPA player representative Max Scherzer sent out a short statement late Wednesday night regarding the ongoing negotiations between the owners and the union. On Tuesday, ownership proposed a “sliding scale” salary structure on top of the prorated pay cuts the players already agreed to back in March. The union rejected the proposal, with many worrying that it would drive a wedge in the union’s constituency.

Scherzer is one of eight players on the MLBPA executive subcommittee along with Andrew Miller, Daniel Murphy, Elvis Andrus, Cory Gearrin, Chris Iannetta, James Paxton, and Collin McHugh.

Scherzer’s statement:

After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions. We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries, and there’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received. I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information.

Indeed, aside from the Braves, every other teams’ books are closed, so there has been no way to fact-check any of the owners’ claims. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, for example, recently said that 70 percent of the Cubs’ revenues come from “gameday operations” (ticket sales, concessions, etc.). But it went unsubstantiated because the Cubs’ books are closed. The league has only acknowledged some of the union’s many requests for documentation. Without supporting evidence, Ricketts’ claim, like countless others from team executives, can only be taken as an attempt to manipulate public sentiment.

Early Thursday morning, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the MLBPA plans to offer a counter-proposal to MLB in which the union would suggest a season of more than 100 games and fully guaranteed prorated salaries. It seems like the two sides are quite far apart, so it may take longer than expected for them to reach an agreement.