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Astros place Brian McCann on concussion DL

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The Astros placed catcher Brian McCann on the seven-day concussion disabled list, the team announced on Sunday. The move is retroactive to Saturday, when McCann was officially diagnosed with a concussion after self-reporting symptoms to manager A.J. Hinch. According to MLB.com’s Christian Boutwell, the 33-year-old backstop likely sustained the injury following a foul tip to the facemask last Sunday.

McCann played through another two games last week before disclosing his symptoms to Hinch on Saturday. He’s batting .269/.365/.454 with six home runs and an .819 OPS through 126 PA this season. The Astros recalled 27-year-old catcher Juan Cedeno from Triple-A Fresno on Sunday, who will occupy McCann’s roster space during his DL stint and likely see some playing time behind Evan Gattis.

Astros assistant GM Mike Elias reported to be next Orioles general manager

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Astros assistant GM Mike Elias will be the new general manager of the Orioles “barring a change of heart.”

Elias, 35, has been the Astros’ assistant general manager since August 2016. He had previously served as Houston’s scouting director and, before that, as a scout for the Cardinals. He was part of the team that came over from the Cardinals when Jeff Luhnow joined the Astros.

If he does take the O’s job his work will certainly be cut out for him. Baltimore was historically bad in 2018, finishing 47-115 thanks to a roster full of expensive, past-their-prime players and an underdeveloped farm system. He’ll have to hit the ground running too, as he’ll not join the team until nearly two months into the club’s offseason, having had no time to assess its needs and personnel. Oh, and the Winter Meetings begin in a little over three weeks.