Quentin's foot injury sends him to the DL

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The White Sox were able to get Carlos Quentin at a discount from the
Diamondbacks last offseason because he was coming off shoulder surgery,
but he’s had different injury problems since arriving in Chicago.

Gambling on Quentin’s health paid huge dividends for the White Sox
last season, as he hit .288/.394/.571 with 36 homers and 100 RBIs in
130 games to finish fifth in the AL MVP balloting. However, he missed
the final month of the season and the playoffs with a broken wrist.

Quentin got off to a strong start this year, hitting .253/.374/.587
with eight homers in April to show that his wrist was no longer an
issue. Unfortunately, he began having problems with his left foot once
the calendar flipped to May and has been in and out of the lineup for
the past three weeks while going 11-for-56 (.196) with zero homers.

After saying last week that he planned to simply play through the
pain, Quentin felt a “pop” in his foot while running the bases Monday
and hasn’t played since. He left the team to have his foot examined by
doctors back in Chicago and the White Sox placed Quentin on the
disabled list this afternoon.

Chicago has scored the second-fewest runs in the league and
replacing Quentin’s big bat with the likes of Scott Podsednik and
DeWayne Wise certainly won’t help matters. His injury, plantar fasciitis, is more common among NBA players and often leads to long stretches on the sidelines because playing through the pain typically proves extremely difficult.

Last week general manager Kenny Williams made an unsuccessful run
at Jake Peavy, but with the White Sox now sitting in fourth place at
21-25 and facing life without Quentin it may be time for the reigning
AL Central champions to shift gears with an eye toward 2010 and beyond.

Report: Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 06: Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum on August 6, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.

Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.

Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.

President Obama Welcomes the Cubs to the White House

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As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.

Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.

Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.