Sonny Gray told reporters this afternoon that he would be rejoining the Cincinnati Reds rotation on Friday. Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer was the first one to get the news out there.
On Saturday night in Triple-A with the Louisville Bats Sonny Gray made a rehab appearance. It was the first time he had pitched in a game since June 8th when he injured himself while warming up between the 3rd and 4th innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. With a few weeks off, Gray was a little bit rusty in his rehab start in the first two innings. He battled some control issues as he had more balls than strikes in the first two frames – but kept runs off of the board in the process. In the third inning he looked more crisp and pounded the strikezone, picking up two strikeouts before getting a ground out to end the inning. He threw 53 pitches on the night and had four strikeouts to go along with three walks.
The plan had been that he would get one start in Louisville and then return to the rotation. But after the outing manager David Bell said they wanted to speak with Gray before making any decision. That happened this afternoon and the decision was that he was good to go and would be back on Friday against the Chicago Cubs to open up a 3-game set at Great American Ball Park.
Jeff Hoffman to get a 3rd rehab start
Manager David Bell said that Jeff Hoffman would getting a third rehab start this week with the Triple-A Louisville Bats. The right-handed pitcher last pitched with the Reds on May 26th before injuring his shoulder against the Nationals on a day in which he walked five batters in 1.1 innings. He’s pitched very well with the Bats in his first two outings, allowing no runs and just three hits with one walk in 6.0 combined innings to go along with nine strikeouts. He threw 35 pitches in his first outing and then 49 on Sunday afternoon.