A's notes: Restructuring starting rotation, resting Gray

A's notes: Restructuring starting rotation, resting Gray
June 22, 2014, 12:45 pm
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Sonny Gray (7-3) has a 2.91 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 99.0 innings pitched this season. (USATSI)

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OAKLAND – The A’s are restructuring their starting rotation due to two upcoming days off, and it translates to a prolonged rest for Sonny Gray.

Gray’s normal turn would have come Tuesday against the New York Mets, but he’s being pushed all the way back to Saturday against the Miami Marlins. That means the right-hander will have nine days of rest between starts, more than double what a starter normally gets.

The upcoming order will now have Scott Kazmir and Brad Mills going Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, in the two-game series against the Mets at Citi Field. Both will be on regular four days’ rest. Jesse Chavez will get an extra day of rest before starting Friday’s series opener in Miami, with Gray going Saturday and Tommy Milone next Sunday.

“We’re just giving Sonny a little bit of a break,” manager Bob Melvin said. “We did this a couple times the last few years and we’ll potentially consider it with maybe somebody else down the road too.”

Melvin said pushing Gray back was strictly precautionary. Speaking briefly before Melvin addressed reporters, Gray said he felt fine physically.

Notes: Melvin said he spoke with a Major League Baseball official about Saturday’s foul tip controversy, where it appeared Boston’s Mike Napoli should have retired on a strikeout but it was ruled his foul tip hit the ground. Such a play is not currently eligible for replay review. “In the case of the catch-and-carry (rule), they realized that was something they needed to amend and they did it right away,” Melvin said. “They said all along that there will probably be some things that need to be looked at, some trial and error involved, and that’s the way it’s been.” Melvin said it was his belief that revisions could possibly happen with replay during the season as well. … Coco Crisp is out of Sunday’s lineup, and Melvin revealed that Crisp was feeling sick Saturday, when he delivered a walk-off single to beat Boston in the 10th.

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