Manager Bob Melvin is unsure of when Gray (illness) will return to the rotation to make his next start. Gray spent Monday night in the hospital due to flu-like symptoms and is still there as of Tuesday evening, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Saad was traded to the Blue Jackets on Tuesday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. The Blackhawks will receive forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, and Corey Tropp along with a 2016 fourth-round draft choice in the deal, while the Blue Jackets will pick up forward Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta in addition to Saad.
GM Brian MacLellan said last week that he is hopeful Backstrom (hip) will be ready to play by the start of the coming season, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. "He should be [ready] more than likely...he'll start the year, I'm counting on [it]," McLellan said. "I think his hip surgery went well. He'll be close to starting the year, it looks like...I know [from] talking to the trainer and the doctor that everything's gone well, they expect the rehab to go well. Optimistically, I'd say I'm hoping he's coming back for training camp."