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Aroldis Chapman injures pitching hand during clubhouse celebration


Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman got the final five outs in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday night, wrapping up a series sweep over the Twins. Chapman apparently injured his pitching hand in the ensuing clubhouse celebration, Dan Martin of the New York Post reports.

According to Martin, Chapman’s pitching hand was heavily bandaged. The lefty said, “I got hit with a bottle, but it’s fine.”

GM Brian Cashman doesn’t seem worried, either. He remarked, “He had a huge smile on his face, so I think that was a good sign.”

The ALCS doesn’t begin until Saturday, so the Yankees have four days of rest which sounds like — given Chapman’s and Cashman’s nonchalance — it should be enough for Chapman’s hand to recover.

Chapman logged 2 2/3 scoreless innings during the ALDS, holding the Twins to a hit and a pair of walks with four strikeouts. He’ll no doubt be a key factor in the ALCS no matter who the Yankees play.

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.