The hits keep coming for the struggling Oakland Athletics. Just a few days after losing their top hitter from the early part of the season in Josh Reddick, the team placed ace starter Sonny Gray on the 15-day disabled list.
#Athletics place RHP Sonny Gray on the 15-day disabled list (strained right trapezius); recall LHP Daniel Coulombe from Triple-A Nashville
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) May 22, 2016
The injury is being called a strained right trapezius, which impacts the area between the shoulder and the neck.
A’s manager Bob Melvin indicated on Sunday that this injury could be one of the reasons Gray has struggled a great deal in 2016 after being a top Cy Young candidate last year.
Melvin says he could see Gray's injury affecting his arm slot and extension, hence the lack of command lately.
— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) May 22, 2016
Gray, 26, boasts a 3-5 record with a 6.19 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in nine starts this season. He’s also seen his strikeout-to-walk ratio drop to 1.71.
This comes on the heels of the pitcher tallying a 14-7 record with a 2.73/1.08 split last season, a year that also saw him put up a 2.86 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Gray has been bandied about as potential trade bate for the suddenly free-falling A’s. They enter Sunday’s action six games under .500 and closer to last place than first place in the American League West.
Though, the injury is not expected to be long term. Stephen Strasburg missed three weeks to this same injury last season.