A’s Gray shut down 3 weeks
Oakland ace will begin season on DL with lat strain.
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.
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