A’s Gray shut down 3 weeks

Oak­land ace will be­gin sea­son on DL with lat strain.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - LYNNE SLADKY / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Oak­land Ath­let­ics ace Sonny Gray will be­gin the sea­son on the dis­abled list with a lat strain and has been shut down from throw­ing for the next three weeks.

A’s gen­eral man­ager David Forst said Thurs­day there’s no timetable for the righthander be­yond the pre­lim­i­nary stretch.

This is a big blow to the A’s and Gray, who was ea­ger to start fresh fol­low­ing a for­get­table 2016. He was scratched from his sched­uled out­ing open­ing day last year be­cause of food poi­son­ing and never had the kind of sea­son he en­vi­sioned as the leader of the ro­ta­tion.

He spent two stints on the DL and went 5-11 with a 5.69 ERA on the heels of back-to­back 14-win sea­sons.

Cubs: Man­ager Joe Mad­don will re­ceive $1 mil­lion more per year for the fi­nal three years of his con­tract for lead­ing the fran­chise to its first cham­pi­onship since 1908. The raise pushes Mad­don’s pay into a three-way tie for the most in MLB with the An­gels’ Mike Scios­cia and the Gi­ants’ Bruce Bochy for tops among man­agers at more than $5 mil­lion a year, ac­cord­ing to sev­eral re­ports . ... For­mer pitcher Bill Hands, a 20-game win­ner for the 1969 Cubs, died Thurs­day in an Or­lando, Fla., hos­pi­tal af­ter a brief ill­ness. He was 76. Rangers: New Texas starter Andrew Cash­ner is be­ing held back from throw­ing for the sec­ond time this spring be­cause of sore­ness in his right up­per bi­ceps. Cash­ner had re­sumed throw­ing af­ter an MRI and exam last week showed noth­ing sig­nif­i­cant in the bi­ceps.

Reds: Starter An­thony DeS­clafani could make his spring train­ing de­but Mon­day af­ter miss­ing a few weeks with a sore el­bow. DeS­clafani was sched­uled to throw in the bullpen to­day as a fi­nal test. MLB to Wil­liamsport: Ma­jor League Base­ball and its play­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion of­fi­cially an­nounced the re­lo­ca­tion of the Sun­day, Aug. 20 game be­tween the Pi­rates and St. Louis Car­di­nals from PNC Park to Wil­liamsport, Pa. The game will air on ESPN’s “Sun­day Night Base­ball” and co­in­cide with the Lit­tle League World Se­ries. World Clas­sic Dominican Repub­lic 9,

Canada 2: Jose Bautista home­red and drove in four runs, and the Dominican Repub­lic opened its bid for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive WBC ti­tle. Wel­ing­ton Castillo hit a two-run homer for the Do­mini­cans. Carlos Martinez pitched four in­nings in first ca­reer WBC out­ing and al­lowed one run. Jose Reyes had three of the Do­mini­cans’ 15 hits. Is­rael 4, Nether­lands 2: Nate Freiman’s RBI dou­ble sparked a three-run first inning as Is­rael fin­ished at the top of Pool A in the World Base­ball Clas­sic at 3-0 with the vic­tory in Seoul. Zach Boren­stein and Ryan Lavarn­way also drove in runs in the first for Is­rael. Aus­tralia 11, China 0: James Beres­ford hit a grand slam in the eighth inning as Aus­tralia won in Tokyo and im­proved to 1-1 in Pool B. Luke Hughes also drove in four runs for Aus­tralia, which will play Cuba tonight with the win­ner ad­vanc­ing to the sec­ond round.

Nel­son Cruz of the Dominican Repub­lic dou­bles dur­ing his team’s first-round World Base­ball Clas­sic vic­tory against Canada in Mi­ami.

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