Watch as Albert Pujols jumps on this Sonny Gray pitch in the second inning Wednesday …
It was the 35th home run of the year for Pujols, who is now just one of four players in the history of Major League Baseball to reach the 35-homer plateau in 10 of his first 15 major league seasons. The other names on that list: Alex Rodriguez, Mike Schmidt, and Willie Mays. Not too shabby. It was also the 555th home run of Pujols’ career, tying him with Manny Ramirez at 14th on the all-time home run leaderboard.
A’s right-hander Sonny Gray had to be scratched from his last turn in the starting rotation Thursday afternoon against the Blue Jays because of back spasms. But all is well with the Oakland ace …
MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports that Gray, who made it through a 25-pitch bullpen session on Saturday at Camden Yards, has been cleared to start Monday in the Athletics’ series finale versus the Orioles.
Felix Doubront will step back one day and face off against Clayton Kershaw in the A’s series opener against the Dodgers on Tuesday night in Oakland.
Gray, 25, owns an exceptional 2.06 ERA, 0.959 WHIP, and 136/40 K/BB ratio in 161 2/3 innings (23 starts) this season with the A’s.
He is headed toward some serious Cy Young Award consideration.
The Athletics will need a fifth starter, either on Monday or Tuesday, after optioning Aaron Brooks back to Triple-A Nashville. Felix Doubront is expected to get that start, MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports.
Sonny Gray was scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday against the Blue Jays due to back spasms. He’s expected to return to the rotation either on Monday or Tuesday. Doubront would get the other day. Gray threw a 25-pitch bullpen on Saturday and didn’t report any issues.
A’s ace Sonny Gray was scheduled to start this afternoon against the Blue Jays, but he was scratched from the start with back spasms and Jesse Chaving is filling in.
Here’s what manager Bob Melvin told Jane Lee of MLB.com about Gray’s status:
He had some back spasms last night and was working hard to get them out of there. We wanted to at least wait until this morning to see how he felt, but we had a pretty good idea last night he wasn’t going to start. We’ll see how he feels in Baltimore, and we’ll get him in there when we feel it’s the proper time to get him in there, but at this point, not sure.
Gray is having a fantastic, Cy Young-caliber season, going 12-4 with a league-best 2.06 ERA and 136/40 K/BB ratio in 162 innings.