The Minnesota Twins are being extra cautious with Sonny Gray, but it doesn't appear that he'll need to miss much time with his hamstring injury.
Gray, who exited his most recent start on Sept. 2 with hamstring tightness, will have his next start pushed back a day. Rather than making his next start on Wednesday as originally planned, he'll make his next start on Thursday instead.
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On the plus side, it seems that Gray will not require a stint on the injured list, assuming he doesn't have any setbacks during Tuesday's bullpen session, which was rescheduled from Monday.
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Gray's new timeline means he'll still be available to pitch in Minnesota's crucial four-game series against the New York Yankees, which starts on Monday. Gray is now slated to start Thursday's series finale at Yankee Stadium against his former team.
The two-time All-Star has been one of the Twins' best starting pitchers this year, going 7-4 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP in 21 starts. He's already been on the injured list twice this season, however, so hopefully an extra off day will help him avoid a third trip to the IL during the most pivotal stretch of the season.
The Yankees have the second-best record in the American League, so having Gray available for this series is critical. It's even more important with Minnesota currently tied for first place with the Cleveland Guardians in the AL Central, just two games ahead of the Chicago White Sox.
If the Twins do end up winning their division, that'll give them a chance at winning the American League in the playoffs. They currently have +4800 odds on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds to win the AL pennant, making them a good value pick.