Astros won't bring back Geoff Blum, picking $150,000 buyout

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Geoff Blum was Houston’s Opening Day first baseman, but yesterday the Astros informed the 37-year-old utility man that he will not be back in 2011.
Rather than exercise their $1.65 million option the Astros will give Blum a $150,000 buyout and he’ll go in search of another bench job after hitting his usual .267/.321/.356 in 218 plate appearances.
Houston’s remarkable turnaround this season is obviously represented plenty well by their 17-34 start followed by a 59-52 finish, but going from thinking Blum was a viable replacement for Lance Berkman at first base to not even wanting him back next year at the relatively lost cost of $1.65 million also tells a pretty convincing story of the team’s in-season improvement.

Addison Russell had an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread

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Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cubs shortstop Addison Russell stayed overnight in Denver after having an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread in the clubhouse at Coors Field after Sunday afternoon’s game. Russell spent a couple of hours at a hospital in Denver for observation on Sunday night.

Russell has a shellfish allergy and believes something he ate might have been mistakenly labeled as not having shrimp in it.

The Cubs took two of three games from the Rockies. After Monday’s day off, the Cubs open a brief two-game series in Cleveland for a rematch of the 2016 World Series. Russell flew with the team to Cleveland and believes he will be in good enough shape to play on Tuesday.

Russell, 24, has had a slow start to the season. He’s hitting .219/.324/.281 across 74 plate appearances.