David Ortiz ruined selfies for everyone at the White House

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Thanks, Big Papi. Now if Benin’s president Yayi Boni comes to visit, he’s going to have keep his iPhone in his pocket:

Senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that presidential selfies may be banned after that shot, a feel-good moment that later appeared to be part of a promotion for Samsung.

“Well, [President Obama] obviously didn’t know anything about Samsung’s connection to this,” Pfeiffer said, “And perhaps maybe this will be the end of all selfies.”

In other news, I want A-Rod to come back next year, the 2015 Yankees to win the World Series, and have him take a selfie with Obama the following spring. Then everyone will forget Ortiz ever did it and spend years talking about how awful it was for A-Rod to do it.

José Abreu hospitalized due to thigh infection

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that White Sox first baseman José Abreu has been hospitalized due to an infection in his thigh. It is apparently unrelated for the emergency surgery Abreu underwent last month for testicular torsion. The White Sox expect Abreu to miss the entirety of the three-game series against the Indians, which begins tonight, but are calling him day-to-day.

Abreu, 31, missed three weeks between August 20 and September 10 due to testicular torsion. After going 3-for-4 in his first game back from the disabled list, Abreu went hitless over his next five games spanning 23 trips to the plate. That dropped his triple-slash line down to .265/.325/.473 with 22 home runs and 78 RBI in 553 plate appearances.

Abreu had hit at least 25 home runs and knocked in at least 100 runs in each of his first four seasons in the majors, but he will almost certainly not reach triple-digits in RBI this season. His hospital visits impacted that, unfortunately. Abreu will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after the season.