The Cincinnati Reds have placed right-handed pitcher Sonny Gray on the 10-day injured list with a rib cage strain. They’ve recalled right-handed pitcher Tony Santillan from Triple-A Louisville to take his spot on the roster.
Gray pitched yesterday in Kansas City and threw 7.0 innings of 2-run baseball. So how is it that he’s now injured when nothing seemed to come up during the game?
“It was something I was kind of managing yesterday throughout the game,” said Gray on Friday afternoon. “We’ve got some time now to our advantage and it’s something I need to take advantage of.”
Sonny Gray will fly back to Cincinnati tomorrow in order to get treatment. As for how much time he expects to miss, the answer is good.
“Right now I’d say when my turn comes available I feel like I will be able to play,” Gray said.
Sonny Gray can return in 10 days. That would be during the first series after the All-Star break in Cincinnati against the Brewers. If all goes as planned then there is basically no actual time missed for Gray and the Reds get to have an additional pitcher on their roster for the series against Milwaukee that begins tonight.
Tony Santillan is returning to the Reds roster. He had made four starts for Cincinnati until he was optioned back to Triple-A when Gray returned from the injured list last week and took the spot that Santillan had in the rotation. The Reds announced then that Santillan would head back to Louisville to pitch in the bullpen, at least for the short term, with the idea being that he could return to Cincinnati to help in the second half as a reliever.
Never actually having pitched in the bullpen (his two relief appearances in the minors came in his literal first ever game in 2015, and then the other was in relief of a rehabbing big leaguer when he simply pitched a starters worth of innings after the rehabber exited the game), the Reds wanted to give Santillan some time to transition and get a little experience coming out of the bullpen. He didn’t get much time, or much experience down there. The righty made one appearance with the Bats in the bullpen, throwing a shutout inning with two strikeouts on July 4th in Nashville. He was throwing 95-96 in the outing. For now he’s back to bolster the bullpen and he should be ready to go given that he last pitched four days ago.