Gray will not make a spot start in place of CC Sabathia (knee), Anthony Rieber of Newsday reports. Luis Cessa will get the call instead. That suggests that Gray isn't close to returning to the Yankees rotation and will likely remain in the bullpen for the rest of the season, barring a sudden change in plans. Gray's 5.52 ERA makes his demotion appear well-earned, but while his strikeout and walk rates have trended in the wrong direction, neither has moved by more than 1.5 percentage points from last season's figures, and his 4.32 FIP is respectable.
Gray will be deployed out of the bullpen moving forward, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic New York reports. Manager Aaron Boone stated that he was considering using Gray in relief following Wednesday's outing, and he'll officially transition to a new role as of Thursday. If he manages to find his footing on the hill, there's a good chance the Yankees could move him back into the starting rotation. Gray will search for greater success out of the bullpen after making 21 starts in 2018.
Gray (8-8) allowed seven runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three across 2.2 innings as he was saddled with the loss Wednesday against Baltimore. After putting up three straight winning performances, Gray took a step backwards. He was knocked around for five runs in the second inning, following by two more in the third prior to leaving with a six-run deficit. Following the ugly outing, manager Aaron Boone stated that the team is considering removing Gray from the starting rotation for the time being, Marc Carig of The Athletic New York reports. This would open the door for recent acquisition Lance Lynn to enter the rotation. The 28-year-old Gray has struggled to a 5.56 ERA and 1.52 WHIP with a 99:46 K:BB over 103.2 innings this season.
Gray (thumb) will toe the rubber versus Baltimore on Wednesday. As expected, Gray won't miss any time after experiencing some soreness in his right thumb following Thursday's start against Kansas City. He shouldn't face any limitations while facing one of the worst lineups in the league. Across four starts in July, he logged a 3.44 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with a 23:8 K:BB over 18.1 innings.
X-rays on Gray's thumb came back negative and he expects to make his next scheduled start, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports. Gray admitted that he is still feeling a bit of soreness in his right thumb but that he felt much better the next morning after getting hit by a comebacker during Thursday's outing. He will play catch Friday afternoon and, barring any sort of setback, should be able to take the mound next week against the Orioles.