Report: Sonny Gray suffered broken left thumb in Game 5 loss

Thursday was a rough day for Sonny Gray in terms of the final score and his health.
Thursday was a rough day for Sonny Gray in terms of the final score and his health. (USATSI)

Athletics rookie starting pitcher Sonny Gray was one of the breakout stars of the divisional series round of the playoffs after his Game 2 outing against the Tigers. In Game 5, though, he wasn't as sharp and also came away with an annoying little parting gift for the offseason.

Obviously that's not ideal, but Gray does have the entire offseason to recover. Even the most serious thumb injury -- even one that required surgery -- would almost certainly be in the rearview mirror come mid-February when pitchers and catchers report for spring training. Especially so considering Gray is a right hander.

In 10 starts, Gray, 23, was 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 64 innings in the regular season for the A's. He threw eight shutout innings in Game 2 against the Tigers, allowing only four hits and two walks while striking out nine. He didn't get the win -- because it's a silly stat -- but he absolutely put the A's in position to win against Justin Verlander.

In Game 5, Gray wasn't nearly as on his game as the first time against the Tigers. He ended up going five innings and allowing three earned runs on six hits and four walks with three strikeouts. He was probably, obviously, hampered by the aforementioned comebacker from Prince Fielder to end the fifth inning. After that, the Tigers tacked on two hits and a run to his line without Gray recording an out.

The bottom line here is that the righty Gray will be fine come spring training and the A's have a nice pitcher to be listed toward the front of their rotation heading into next season.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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