Sonny Gray lands back on the disabled list

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Athletics starter Sonny Gray was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm on Sunday, MLB.com’s Mark Chiarelli reports. The club transferred catcher Josh Phegley to the 60-day disabled list, called up pitcher Chris Smith from Triple-A Nashville, and tabbed Zach Neal to start in Gray’s place on Tuesday.

Gray, 26, was on the disabled list earlier this season — between May 21 and June 4 — with a strained right trapezius. It’s been a tough year for the right-hander, who owns an ugly 5.74 ERA with a 93/42 K/BB ratio in 116 innings.

It was widely believed that Gray was going to be a very attractive trade piece for the Athletics this summer, but his injuries and ineffectiveness killed that idea. Gray will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season. Despite the rough year, Gray is likely to see a significant increase in salary.