Sonny Gray gave up two leadoff singles in the sixth inning before being pulled for reliever Dan Otero. (Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)
A’s pitcher Sonny Gray, who started in the Game 5 loss to the Tigers on Thursday night, seemed to struggle with his control before he was removed in the sixth inning.
And there may be good reason.
According to a report by Joe Stiglich of Comcast SportsNet California, Gray suffered a broken left (non-throwing) thumb as the A’s trailed, 2-0, in the fifth inning. The injury likely occurred on Prince Fielder’s sharp grounder back to the mound, which Gray knocked down and tossed over to first base for the final out of the inning.
In the next inning, Gray returned to the mound, but gave up back-to-back singles to Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta before being pulled for reliever Dan Otero.
Gray, who stifled the Tigers in Game 2 of the series — allowing just four hits in eight innings with nine strikeouts — was responsible for all three earned runs in the 3-0 loss and allowed six hits and four walks.
Stiglich reported that Gray “had his thumb heavily bandaged after the game and said an X-ray showed the break.”