5:27pm: The Reds don’t have an exact timetable for Gray, but manager David Bell is hopeful he’ll miss just two starts (via Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer).
3:29pm: The Reds announced that they have placed starter Sonny Gray on the 10-day injured list with a right groin strain. The team recalled fellow right-hander Art Warren from Triple-A Louisville to take Gray’s roster spot.
It has been a rough year from an injury standpoint for Gray, who had a delayed start because of a back issue. Since the Reds activated him on April 17, Gray has pitched to a strong 3.42 ERA/3.52 SIERA with a 30.1 percent strikeout rate (the second-best mark of his career) and a roughly average 9.3 percent walk rate across 50 innings.
Of course, success in Cincinnati isn’t anything new for Gray, who has enjoyed a career renaissance since the Reds acquired him from the Yankees before the 2019 campaign. While little went right for Gray in New York, he has given the Reds 281 1/3 innings of 3.14 ERA ball, and he has done so at a bargain rate. The Reds shrewdly extended Gray to a three-year, $30MM guarantee when they landed him. That deal also includes a $12MM club option for 2023, and though plenty can happen between now and then, Gray’s on track to have it picked up.
Considering Gray’s combination of high-quality performance and appealing contract, the Reds could be content to keep him for the life of his deal. On the other hand, though, the team did listen to offers for the 31-year-old last offseason, and it hasn’t gotten off to a good start in 2021. With the Reds in fourth place in the National League Central and the July 30 deadline looming, Gray could be a viable trade candidate this summer. In the meantime, he’ll have to get healthy.
What a strange season for Reds … so many disappointments… Gray , Moose , Senzel , Castillo , Suarez , Votto but still within 5 games of the division … go figure
But behind three teams and further back in the wildcard. Like you said, a strange season. With injuries to Gray, Moose, Lorenzen, and Senzel and the poor showings by Castillo and Suarez, it would be difficult for them to get solid returns as sellers. So, it might make more sense to become buyers and go for it. Is that how you see it? If so, what or who should they be looking to add?
If all those guys you mentioned returned to normal, it’s a team that can go on a tear.
That’s like every team in MLB. Some teams are way worse.
Fever Pitch Guy
Thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.
Would like to see Warren get an extended look. Ugly ERA so far this year, but 2/3rds of his outs are K’s.
Pickles, pickles, pickles!!! Smh
You forgot the pickles!!!
Hopefully he gets healthy enough to be traded to the Yanks before the deadline.
Smoke a cig, man.
HA! He’s still in analysis after we ran him out of town after the 18 season, anytime someone just mentions NY it sends him running for his Prozac. Ahahahaha!
NYC has been known to be damaging to the psyche of some..yeah really something to be proud of ok smh.
It’s always amazing to me, that whenever someone fails in NY it’s because of the market, instead of the club. A city in love with it’s own farts.