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.
Gray: “It’s nothing I’m overly worried about. I’ll start throwing in the next couple of days. It’s just something that there’s no reason to push it right now.” #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) February 22, 2019
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.