Gray's broken thumb adds injury to insult

Gray: 'Everything wasn't as sharp as you'd like'

Gray's broken thumb adds injury to insult
October 10, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Sonny Gray was charged with three runs over five-plus innings in the 3-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

OAKLAND – A’s right-hander Sonny Gray came away from Thursday’s Game 5 loss with a broken left thumb that will require an MRI on Friday.

Gray had his thumb heavily bandaged after the game and said an X-ray showed the break. It happened when he fielded a hard comebacker off the bat of Prince Fielder in the fifth. Gray knocked the ball down, retrieved it and tossed underhand to first for the third out to strand two base runners. He came out in the sixth after allowing two singles to start the inning.

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The silver lining is that the injury is to his non-throwing hand.

Gray was charged with three runs over five-plus innings in the 3-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers. He walked four, saying afterward that he didn’t have any fastball command and that had a trickle-down effect on his entire night.

The A’s started Gray over veteran Bartolo Colon, and despite the rookie’s struggles, closer Grant Balfour said he was impressed with Gray over his 12 big league starts this season.

“The guy’s got a bright future, plain and simple,” Balfour said. “He has great stuff, he’s a great competitor. Obviously he went out there, threw eight scoreless (innings in Game 2). They handed him the ball tonight for that reason. I don’t know if he felt any pressure from that thinking he had to go out and do that again, I don’t know. I still think he threw the ball pretty well.”