The Athletics have activated starter Sonny Gray from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Monday. Outfielder Ryan LaMarre was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to create roster space.
Gray, 27, began the season on the disabled list due to a lat strain. He’ll make his season debut on Tuesday against the Twins.
Gray had a miserable 2016 campaign, finishing with a 5.69 ERA and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. His 2017 season hasn’t started off well, either, but he’s hoping to erase that over the next five months.
Last summer, Gray’s name came up frequently in trade rumors and if he’s able to pitch well into July, that figures to be the case again this year. He still has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining and is only earning $3.575 million in 2017, which will make him an attractive trade option for teams in need of pitching but constrained by a budget.
The Mets have signed pitchers Vance Worley and Scott Copeland minor league deals.
Worley had signed with the Reds in January but was cut by Cincinnati after failing to impress in spring training. That comes on the heels of a disastrous 2017 in which he pitched in 24 games for the Marlins, 12 as a starter, and posted an ugly 6.91 ERA, giving up 99 hits in 71.2 innings. He was much better in 2016 with the Orioles, in which he had a 3.53 ERA with a much lower hit rate in 31 relief appearances and four starts. As is so often the case, when a guy has some good year, as Worley has, he’ll get two or three or sometimes more chances to show he’s truly cooked. Worley will now try to make the most of it, most likely at Los Vegas.
Copeland with the Marlins last year too, though he spent all year at Triple-A. Copeland hasn’t appeared in a major league game since 2015, when he posted a 6.46 ERA in 15.1 innings with the Blue Jays.
Viva organizational depth.