The Cincinnati Reds were the recipients of some good news on Thursday as it's looking like right-handed pitcher Sonny Gray could be rejoining the rotation this weekend.
According to The Athletic's C. Trent Rosecrans, the Reds are expected to activate the 31-year-old righty on his first day of eligibility, which would be Sunday, July 18. If that is the case, Gray will be back in time for an afternoon tilt against the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers.
Sonny Gray Injury Update
Gray landed on the injured reserve on July 8 after straining a muscle in his rib cage. That wasn't the first that he found himself out of the Reds rotation this year as he's had issues staying healthy. To put that into perspective, Gray has made just 12 starts in 2021 while fellow Reds starters Luis Castillo, Wade Miley and Tyler Mahle have each recorded between 16 and 19.
Nevertheless, Gray has looked pretty decent in the games that he has appeared in. While he owns a 2-4 record in that span, he also has a 3.19 ERA and 1.290 WHIP through 62.0 innings pitched.
Assuming that he does get the start on Sunday, the news gets better as Gray has pitched well against the Brewers throughout his career. He's 3-2 in 11 appearances against Milwaukee, recording a 2.56 ERA, 1.207 WHIP and 11.09 strikeouts per nine innings along the way.
Getting Gray back on the mound should also help the Reds' search for a World Series title this season. As it stands, FanDuel Sportsbook has listed Cincinnati's championship odds at +6000 — ranking T-16th in the MLB.
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