Sonny Gray threw a live batting practice session on Friday that lasted for two innings and about 30 pitches against a few teammates including Mike Moustakas, Tyler Stephenson, and Mark Payton among others.
“It went great,” said Gray after the outing. “Today was a good day. I’m doing good. Today I threw in live BP, The B game or whatever you want to call it. I don’t know how many pitches, maybe 30. I feel good, I felt good. It was definitely a step in the right direction. Now it’s just kind of going from here and I guess going through and building myself up to game situations and getting back in there as soon as I can.”
Moving forward for Gray, he’s not entirely sure what the plan is in terms of building up his innings to return to the rotation, but he knows he still needs time to get there.
“I think we’re in a good spot,” Gray said. “Now I’ve got to get in games. I’ve got to get my pitch count built up.”
He expects to throw a bullpen session on Monday and then probably a live session of some kind on Wednesday, which would be his next “throw day”. From there, though he’s not sure what the exact timeline looks like.
Wade Miley threw well on Friday
Gearing up for the final start of the spring, Wade Miley was solid on Friday afternoon against Arizona. The lefty allowed just one run in 4.0 innings while walking one and striking out three.
“Felt good,” Miley said after his start. “A little dead arming a little bit, but no pain. Was able to make some pitches. I fell behind a little more than I would like. Really was encouraged by the 4th inning – the last inning I threw, I got a little aggressive. Talked about it in the dugout at the end of the third, I want to get aggressive and throw some cutters. I really liked the way those came out of my hand, so really, a positive step forward. Obviously I had a little setback earlier in camp, but I got through four (innings) and 70 pitches, so that’s the right direction.”
Statcast Data for Wade Miley
Salt River Fields has Statcast running during their games through Gameday, so we had a chance to see exactly what it was that Miley was throwing on the day. Here’s the breakdown:
The change up was really getting the swing-and-miss on the day. The curveball was not working so well as six of the eight he threw were out of the strikezone. 43 of his 71 pitches went for strikes on the day (61%).
Amir Garrett continues to make ’em miss
When Wade Miley left the game after reaching his pitch count the Reds turned the game over to another lefty. Amir Garrett came out for the 5th inning and he took care of business all on his own. Facing Madison Bumgarner, David Peralta, and Ketel Marte he struck out all three of them while throwing 14 pitches.
For Amir Garrett it was his third outing of the spring. It was also the third outing in which he struck out the side. He’s faced nine batters on the spring and he’s struck out all of them. That’ll work.
Lucas Sims gets back to it as well
Following Garrett on the day was Lucas Sims, making his second appearance of the spring. The right-handed reliever allowed a hit in his inning of work while striking out Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker. Sims had his fastball in the 93-95 MPH range on the day.