Athletics starter Sonny Gray has been scratched from Monday’s Opening Day start against the White Sox due to food poisoning, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Rich Hill will start in Gray’s place, Slusser adds.
It’s not the first time Gray has battled a stomach ailment. The right-hander missed a start last summer when he was hospitalized for a few days with gastroenteritis. Let’s hope that Gray’s current illness isn’t nearly as serious.
Hill, 36, put himself back on the radar with four starts for the Red Sox at the end of the 2015 regular season. The lefty yielded only five runs on 29 hits and five walks with 36 strikeouts over 29 innings. He’s no Sonny Gray, but he’s as capable as anyone else in the Athletics’ rotation to take the hill on Opening Day.