Athletics place Sonny Gray on the disabled list with a strained trapezius


The Athletics placed starter Sonny Gray on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right trapezius muscle, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The A’s recalled Daniel Coulombe from Triple-A Nashville to take Gray’s spot on the roster.

Slusser suggests that Eric Surkamp or Daniel Mengden could take Gray’s spot in the starting rotation. Mengden, 23, was acquired in the Scott Kazmir trade and has put up an aggregate 0.72 ERA over 50 innings in the minor leagues this year, 23 with Double-A Midland and 27 with Nashville.

Gray, who finished third in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year, struggled to a 6.19 ERA and a 41/24 K/BB ratio in 48 innings over nine starts.

Gray is the 13th member of the Athletics concurrently on the disabled list. The club lost Josh Reddick to a broken thumb on Friday.

Clayton Kershaw returning to Dodgers on 1-year, $20M deal

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LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023 after signing a one-year, $20 million deal.

For the second straight year, the Dodgers didn’t extend a qualifying offer to the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Instead, they gave him additional time to mull his future, and he once again decided to stay with the only franchise he’s ever played for during his 15-year major league career.

The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-3 with 2.28 ERA in 22 starts last season. He struck out 137 and walked 23. Kershaw made his ninth All-Star team and started the Midsummer Classic for the first time in his career at Dodger Stadium.

Last April, he became the franchise’s all-time strikeout leader with 2,697. He reached 2,800 strikeouts in his last start of the regular season on Oct. 5 against Colorado. Kershaw ranks 24th all-time with 2,807.

Kershaw has a career record of 197-87 with a 2.48 ERA. He won his only World Series title in 2020, when the Dodgers beat Tampa Bay during the pandemic-shortened season.