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Sonny Gray | Starting Pitcher | #54

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/7/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Vanderbilt
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (18) / OAK
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Athletics placed RHP Sonny Gray on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with a strained right trapezius.
Something certainly seemed to be amiss with Gray given his 6.19 ERA through nine starts, so the DL isn't terribly surprising. He's been given a cortisone shot and is hoping to return when first eligible. The A's might be forced to give Eric Surkamp another shot with Gray going down. May 22 - 12:57 PM

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Sonny Gray lasted just 3 1/3 innings and allowed five runs -- four earned -- in a loss to the Yankees on Friday.

Gray was a complete mess in this one, walking four and throwing three wild pitches. Just 53 of his 98 pitches were strikes. His walk rate had already been up this year, but he still had never been nearly this wild in his previous starts. The A's have to hope it's just a blip and not a hint of physical problems.
May 21 - 2:02 AM

Sonny Gray continued his early-season struggles in Sunday's no-decision against Rays, surrendering three home runs and six total runs (three earned) over 5 2/3 innings in his team's 7-6 win.

Gray struck out four and walked two on the afternoon. Brandon Guyer popped him for a solo home run in the first inning, then did considerably more damage in the second with a three-run shot. Evan Longoria would hit the Rays' third homer off Gray with a solo dinger in the fifth. The ace right-hander's 2016 campaign has been a bit of a rocky one and he now holds an unsightly 5.84 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 38/20 K/BB ratio over eight starts (42 2/3 innings). Those in fantasy leagues with restless Gray owners would do well to poke around to see if a buy-low trade could be worked out. He will try to begin the process of normalizing his wacky numbers when he does battle with the Yankees in Oakland next time out.
May 15 - 4:20 PM

Per the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser, Sonny Gray indicated that he "felt great" in a Wednesday bullpen.

Gray isn't dealing with an injury -- just extreme ineffectiveness. In his last three starts (covering 11 2/3 innings), the ace right-hander has surrendered 18 runs. Following Wednesday's bullpen, he said that he is focusing on keeping the ball down in the zone. We will see if he is able to return to form against the Rays in his next scheduled start.
May 11 - 4:12 PM

Sonny Gray was roughed up for seven runs across just 3 2/3 innings in Monday's loss to the Red Sox.

The Red Sox managed one run on a wild pitch in the first three innings, but the flood gates opened after that. Gray allowed eight hits -- including five doubles -- while walking two on the night and striking out two, needing 75 pitches to cover the 3 2/3 frames. The righty has given up seven runs in consecutive outings and yielded four runs over two frames in his outing prior to that, watching his ERA go from 2.73 to 6.00. Gray will try to get back on track this weekend in Tampa.
May 9 - 11:15 PM

Sonny Gray struggled in Tuesday's 8-2 loss to the Mariners, yielding seven runs on 11 hits over seven-plus innings.

Gray was coming off a two-inning debacle against the Tigers (the shortest start of his career). While he managed to pitch into the eighth in Tuesday's tango with the Mariners, the end result was still unsettling. Four of the seven runs on Gray's line came after he trotted out to start the eighth inning. He would not record an out in the frame. It is understandable if fantasy owners are unnerved by his slow start (4.84 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 32/16 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings), but patience is a virtue. Gray will try to turn the statistical ship around at Fenway when he does battle with the Red Sox in his next scheduled start.
May 4 - 12:51 AM

Sonny Gray was lifted after just two ineffective innings on Wednesday against the Tigers, getting torched for four runs on two hits and four walks.

Wednesday night marked the shortest start of Gray’s career. He couldn’t command the strike zone and saw most of the damage come when he surrendered a two-out, three-run homer to J.D. Martinez -- and he followed that up with a walk to Miguel Cabrera, just for good measure. The Athletics went to the bullpen to begin the third inning, likely concerned about Gray needing 65 stressful pitches to get as far as he did. This should prove to be nothing more than a speed bump in a successful season, though. The right-hander has been one of the most consistent starters in baseball over the past couple of years.
Apr 27 - 11:57 PM

Sonny Gray struck out seven through seven innings against a tough Blue Jays’ lineup on Friday, giving up just three runs and picking up his third win of the season.

Gray wasn’t electrifying, but he still tossed a quality start against one of the best lineups in baseball. That’s no small feat. The right-hander owns a strikeout rate of 8.20 K/9 early in the year and has a 60.3 percent ground-ball rate. That’s generally a recipe for success for big-league hurlers. He now has a 2.73 ERA in 26 1/3 innings and is on track to do what he’s done each of the last three years, which means he’s an easy top-20 fantasy starter.
Apr 22 - 10:34 PM

Sonny Gray allowed two runs -- one earned -- over six innings in Saturday's win over the Royals.

Gray allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out six in the contest. He's now posted three straight quality starts in his first three outings, owning a 2.33 ERA in the process. The right-hander has a tough task on deck when the A's visit the Blue Jays on Friday.
Apr 16 - 9:14 PM

Back from his illness, Sonny Gray allowed just one run and three hits over seven innings to defeat the White Sox on Wednesday.

Gray struggled some to find his curve early on and walked four batters, but he still held the White Sox in check to beat them for the first time in three career starts. He'll get the Angels at home next time out.
Apr 7 - 1:17 AM

Sonny Gray (illness) will start Wednesday against the White Sox.

Gray was scratched from his Opening Day start on Monday after coming down with food poisoning. There was some hope that he would be ready to go on Tuesday, but he'll get another day to recuperate. Chris Bassitt will move up to start Tuesday against White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Apr 5 - 8:49 AM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin is hopeful Sonny Gray (illness) will be able to pitch Tuesday against the White Sox.

Gray was scratched from his Opening Day start against the White Sox on Monday due to food poisoning. He went to the hospital to receive fluids, and it sounds like he could start Tuesday if he continues to make progress. Chris Bassitt will fill in if he needs more time. Rich Hill is getting the nod in Gray's place Monday versus Chicago and ace left-hander Chris Sale.
Apr 4 - 7:20 PM

Sonny Gray has been scratched from his scheduled Opening Day start Monday against the White Sox due to food poisoning.

Another tough blow to the A's rotation depth, though this will at least be a temporary absence. Rich Hill will step up and take the Opening Day nod against Chicago ace Chris Sale. Gray should be able to take his first turn in the regular-season rotation later this week.
Apr 4 - 3:49 PM

Sonny Gray yielded three earned runs over five innings Tuesday in a loss to the Cubs.

Gray gave up eight total hits, including a first-inning homer to Kyle Schwarber and a fourth-inning homer to Addison Russell. The right-hander will wrap up Cactus League play with a 5.60 ERA in 17 2/3 frames -- not great, but not all that worrisome either. He'll start Opening Day for the A's next Monday versus the visiting White Sox and should be a fantasy ace or something close to it throughout 2016.
Mar 29 - 7:32 PM

Sonny Gray pitched 6 2/3 innings in a minor league game on Thursday.

It went much better than his last outing, an eight-hit, six-run disaster against Cincinnati. Gray faced the A's Triple-A team on Thursday, throwing 90-100 pitches. He said he felt particularly good about his slider. Gray seems to have worked through his "dead arm" period. Look for him to start Opening Day against the White Sox.
Mar 24 - 7:25 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Yonder Alonso
2Matt McBride
3Max Muncy
2B1Jed Lowrie
2Chris Coghlan
3Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
2Tyler Ladendorf
3B1Danny Valencia
LF1Khris Davis
2Mark Canha
CF1Billy Burns
2Coco Crisp
3Sam Fuld
RF1Josh Reddick
2Jake Smolinski
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Kendall Graveman
3Chris Bassitt
4Rich Hill
5Felix Doubront
6Henderson Alvarez
7Sean Manaea
8Jesse Hahn
9Zach Neal
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ryan Madson
2Sean Doolittle
3John Axford
4Liam Hendriks
5Marc Rzepczynski
6Fernando Rodriguez
7Ryan Dull
8Andrew Triggs
9Daniel Coulombe
10R.J. Alvarez
11Jarrod Parker