For now Magglio Ordonez remains with the Tigers during the ALCS, watching the games from the dugout after re-fracturing the same ankle he injured last year, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he “almost certainly” will undergo another surgery.
Ordonez is scheduled to be examined by a foot specialist back in Detroit and is expected to seek a second opinion as well, but eventually going under the knife will be necessary.
Tigers trainer Kevin Rand explained that the first fracture was vertical while the second fracture is horizontal, noting that the pressure and stress of everyday activities combined with the screws already holding together his ankle caused a gradual split that Ordonez initially thought was simply soreness.
Jim Leyland told Beck that Ordonez was planning to play next season at age 38, but those plans may change with a lengthy rehab process in front of him. If he does come back and put off retirement Ordonez will likely have to settle for an incentive-laden one-year contract or perhaps even a minor-league deal. He earned $10 million this season while hitting just .255 with five homers and a .634 OPS in 92 games for the worst production of his underrated career.
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.