Sonny Gray complained of hip soreness after Friday’s start against the Giants and Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the Athletics have decided to shut him down early.
It was assumed that Barry Zito’s final appearance was Saturday’s meeting with former “Big Three” member Tim Hudson, but he’ll start in Gray’s place on Wednesday against the Angels. The veteran left-hander will be going on three days’ rest, but he only threw 48 pitches on Saturday. Athletics manager Bob Melvin told Lee that Zito could threw as many as 70 pitches on Wednesday.
As for Gray, he’ll wrap up his season with a 2.73 ERA and 169/59 K/BB ratio in 208 innings over 31 starts. He’s been a steady presence on a staff which has used 13 starters this season.
With the Dodgers on the verge of clinching the NL West, the team has activated utilityman Enrique Hernandez from the 15-day disabled list.
Hernandez has been sidelined since August 30 due to a strained left hamstring. Actually, he’s been out since August 31 if you want to include his time in the Rally Banana Suit. For the purposes of this post, we will.
Acquired from the Marlins in the Dee Gordon trade last winter, Hernandez has played really well with the Dodgers, this season, batting .308/.350/.492 with six home runs and 21 RBI over 71 games while seeing time at six different positions. The 24-year-old was splitting time with the struggling Joc Pederson in center field prior to the injury, so he could play an important role in the postseason.
Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had his biggest test yet this afternoon as he rehabs from a small crack in his left shoulder blade, as John Lott of the National Post reports that he took about 40 swings in the indoor cage and felt good.
Tulowitzki hasn’t played since his collision with teammate Kevin Pillar on September 12, but he hopes to return at some point during this week’s series against the Orioles. As for the playoffs, he said he’ll “definitely” be ready.
Tulowitzki, who was acquired from the Rockies on July 28, was batting .232/.314/.368 with five home runs and 17 RBI over 39 games with Toronto prior to the injury. Ryan Goins has been filling in at shortstop.