According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Angels third baseman David Freese was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right middle finger after he was hit by a pitch from Colby Lewis in last night’s game against the Rangers. You can watch the play here.
Freese said after the game that he hopes to avoid a stint on the disabled list, but it will all depend on how he feels over the next couple of days.
“It’s going to be one of those things where I’ll come in tomorrow and the next day and see where I’m at,” Freese said. “If you’re going to get a slight fracture, it’s in a good spot. I guess that’s a positive way to look at it. We’ll know more tomorrow and the next day, how I react.”
Acquired from the Cardinals over the winter, Freese is batting .202/.266/.286 with two home runs, eight RBI, and a 27/6 K/BB ratio over 94 plate appearances this season. The injury is a tough break, as the 31-year-old finally started to show signs of life over the past few days.
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.