A’s ace Sonny Gray scratched from start with back spasms

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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.