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Franklin Gutierrez placed on 7-day disabled list with a concussion

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The Mariners announced a short while ago that they have placed Franklin Gutierrez on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. Steve Delabar, a right-handed reliever, was called up from Triple-A Tacoma to replace him on the active roster.

Gutierrez was diagnosed with a mild concussion after he was hit in the side of the face by a wild pickoff throw from Red Sox left-hander Franklin Morales last night. He was on the ground for a few tense minutes before slowly getting to his feet and walking off the field flanked by team trainers.

Gutierrez’s breakthrough 2009 season earned him a four-year, $20.25 million contract extension from the Mariners, but a wide variety of health issues have kept him off the field over the past two seasons. The 29-year-old center fielder was limited to just 92 games last season due to a stomach ailment and a strained left oblique. He didn’t make his debut this season until June 14 due to a torn pectoral muscle and plantar fasciitis in his heel. Hopefully some better luck is in his future.

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.