Dee Gordon took over as the Dodgers’ starting shortstop when Rafael Furcal was traded to the Cardinals, but now the 23-year-old rookie will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a bruised right shoulder.
Don Mattingly described the decision to place Gordon on the disabled list as “precautionary” and an MRI exam revealed no structural damage, so it sounds like the Dodgers are hoping to have him back in the lineup by the end of the month.
In the meantime Jamey Carroll will slide over to shortstop, with Aaron Miles seeing more action at second base.
Gordon has struggled offensively, hitting just .234 with a .518 OPS in 30 games, but he’s shown good range defensively and swiped 12 bases while being caught just three times. Because of his slight frame and grand total of just seven homers in 394 games as a minor leaguer Gordon doesn’t project as an impact hitter, but with the development of any sort of decent on-base skills he has 50-steal potential.
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.
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.