SAN FRANCISCO – Sonny Gray won’t be ready to pitch in a big league game for maybe a month, but he nevertheless made the trip north with the A’s for the Bay Bridge Series.
The man who would have been the A’s opening day starter had he been healthy is recovering from a strained right lat muscle. He’s been cleared to play catch but has yet to have a bullpen session.
The A’s say he won’t need the equivalent of a full six weeks of what would be spring training to get back to pitching shape, but they aren’t going to rush him either.
“It’s not my decision to make, and they haven’t asked me,” Gray said. “I feel good. I’m throwing every day, out to 120 feet, and the last two days I’ve thrown curves and I’ve thrown sliders.”
Manager Bob Melvin said there was no date set yet for Gray to get back on a mound, “but it would probably be sometime in the next week or so.”
Once that’s done, it’s possible Gray will fly back to Arizona or head out to Stockton once he’s gotten enough bullpen work in to get into games. The A’s are hoping Gray will be ready to pitch in the Oakland rotation again by the end of April.