Another one bites the dust.
Via our friends at CSNChicago.com, the White Sox announced late Thursday evening that utilityman Brent Lillibridge has been diagnosed with a broken bone in his right hand and will not appear in a game for the remainder of the 2011 season.
The fracture happened in the seventh inning of Thursday’s 8-1 defeat of Cleveland, when Lillibridge was struck with a Josh Judy 91 mph fastball.
Lillibridge stayed in to run, but he was replaced by Alejandro De Aza in the top of the eighth inning and won’t be returning to the playing field until the start of spring training next February.
Lillibridge, 27, slugged 13 home runs and registered a solid .845 OPS across 215 plate appearances this season for Chicago. He played multiple positions, and had been filling in at first base on Thursday night.
It’s probably worth mentioning that Adam Dunn has tallied just 11 homers in 443 plate appearances this year.
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.