How Cincinnati Reds starter Sonny Gray ended up on the injured list

MILWAUKEE –– Before the start of the Cincinnati Reds series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, the Reds starter pitcher Sonny Gray placed on the 10-day injured list with a chest strain.

Gray is eligible to return from the injured list on July 18 for the final game in the series immediately after the All-Star hiatus. also against the brewers. Gray said he didn’t expect to miss a start.

“Where I’m sitting, when it’s my turn, I feel like I can play,” said Gray

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray (54) throws a pitch in the first inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The Reds had a run lead in the top of the fourth.

On Wednesday, Gray only allowed two runs in seven outstanding innings against the Kansas City Royals. He knocked out the side in the seventh inning and lowered his ERA to 3.19.

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“That was something I managed throughout the game yesterday,” said Gray, who is returning to Cincinnati for rehab. “It’s just a small stain, I don’t think it’s too big a deal.”

“I know I’ll fly back to Cincinnati and then tomorrow at noon I’ll go to Beacon (orthopedics) and get a little nudge and I’ll probably work out sometime tomorrow. Probably play tag on Saturday and Sunday.” Go home during the break and then I don’t know what to do. “

TONYS IN THE ROW: In a corresponding squad change on Thursday, the Reds called on Triple-A’s right-handed pitcher Tony Santillan. Number 9 of the Reds, Santillan has gone from being a starter mug to being an emergency helper in the past two weeks. If he joins the Reds in Milwaukee, Santillan will be part of the bullpen.

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tony Santillan (64) pitch 5 in the first inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati 2 in the fifth inning.

Santillan had an ERA of 3.78 in four starts with the Reds, while Gray was injured in June and July. He was sent to the Triple-A on June 30th. In a meeting with GM Nick Krall, manager David Bell, and pitching coach Derek Johnson, Santillan was told that he would be a reliever for the foreseeable future.

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Santillan spent the first few days in Louisville watching the rest of the helpers. On July 4, Santillan made his only appearance with the Bats, throwing a goalless inning.

“My first appearance felt a little weird,” said Santillan on Monday in Louisville. “Throw an inning, go back to the dugout and know I wouldn’t go back for more. It was weird in a good way I guess. It’s the same stuff, nothing but the volume. “

ALMOST THERE: Red’s pitcher Jeff Hoffman (right shoulder impact) made another rehab start at the Louisville Bats on Wednesday. He allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, and his ERA over his four rehab task starts is 1.76.

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman (23) delivers in the first inning during a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Friday, May 21, 2021.

Earlier this week, Bell said that after this rehab start, Hoffman would be fully built to join the Red Rotation. It’s also possible that Hoffman is returning as part of the Reds Bullpen due to rookie starter Vladimir Gutierrez’s recent winning streak.

Hoffman is not scheduled to make another start before the All-Star hiatus, and a decision about what’s next could be made during the hiatus. On Sunday, Hoffman said, “I am ready to go into any role you put me in.”

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