The Cincinnati Reds announced this morning that starting pitcher Sonny Gray has right elbow stiffness and has been scratched from his start in the spring training opener on Saturday against the Cleveland Indians.

On the bright side, it doesn’t sound serious. It has to be at least slightly concerning for the Reds, though, who signed Sonny Gray to a 3-year extension after trading for him earlier this winter. Things like this happen every spring. And they happen in every clubhouse in Major League Baseball. Usually it’s nothing. But sometimes it does turn out to be something. For the Reds, they have to be hoping that this is the former, rather than the latter.

Tanner Roark will take the place of Sonny Gray on Saturday and get the start in the spring training opener. You can watch the game on MLB Network tomorrow at 4pm – though it will be on delay. The game will be on the radio, live, locally in the Cincinnati area.

13 Responses

  1. Ethan L

    A Reds’ pitcher with arm/shoulder issues? I am shocked.

  2. SaveTheFarm

    I’m not going to be that guy who says we in Cincinnati can never have nice things. lol

  3. lost11found

    I’d be calling Kuechel’s agent if I were in DW’s shoes. He hasn’t signed yet unless I missed something in all of the Machado news.

  4. ben

    With the Reds’ pitchers, it always turns out to be something.

  5. Mason Red

    Hopefully it’s nothing serious but the Reds always seem to have an abundance of sore armed pitchers.

  6. Stock

    That “global warming” is falling in Flagstaff and not the desert. Flagstaff gets on average 103 inches of global “global warming” a year. Thus far this year they are at less than half of where they normally are at this time of year in terms of inches of “global warming”.

    • Ethan L

      I happen to live in Flagstaff. Cool that it got brought up here. We just broke the record for amount of snow in a single day with over 3 feet yesterday, but yes, we’re lagging still. I can’t wait to head down to the valley to watch some baseball. NAU doesn’t even have club baseball here.

  7. Streamer88

    Yep. Someone may adjust this story a bit, but I recall Leo Mazzone ‘s strategy with these early aches was to just have the guys keep throwing.

    Oh have times changed.

  8. James H.

    Global Warming and Weather are two different subjects.

  9. Seadog

    I guess we now know why New York was soo eager to trade Gray. He is a stiff. And they won’t sign Keuchel—They did not like his medical reviews/old news

    • Seadog

      That was tongue-in-cheek. I absolutely hope he is fine