Sonny Gray

Billy Beane opens up on acquiring injured prospects in Sonny Gray trade

Billy Beane opens up on acquiring injured prospects in Sonny Gray trade

When the A's sent their ace Sonny Gray to the Yankees before the MLB trade deadline on July 31, two of the three prospects they acquired are out for the season. 

"It was a little unique. I don't think in the case of a couple of these guys, had they not been injured, that we would have been able to discuss them," A's VP of baseball operations Billy Beane said Sunday on MLB Network Radio. "We view it as a risk certainly, but we also view it as an opportunity." 

In the A's trade with the Yankees, New York sent over INF/CF Jorge Mateo, RHP James Kaprielian and OF Dustin Fowler. Kaprielian underwent Tommy John surgery in April. Fowler, in his MLB debut on June 29, ruptured his patellar tendon while sliding into the right-field wall on his attempt to catch a foul ball. 

"Certainly in Tommy John, there is a good track record of guys coming back successfully," Beane said of Kaprielian. "And James' case, we expect probably the normal 13 months, which would take him to May of next year."

As far as Fowler's injury went, getting news on the 22-year-old outfielder was much different. 

"The unique thing about Fowler's injury is it wasn't one you commonly see in baseball so we had to do a lot of consulting with NFL orthopedicts," Beane explained. "With the patellar tendon, it's more of an NFL injury. The success on the return has been very positive."

Despite the ugly injury in what should have been a day Fowler always remembered for all the right reasons, Beane is optimistic he will be ready to go next year. 

"Our expectation is that Dustin will be ready for spring training. Obviously we're still early in the process, but that's our expectation." 

Fowler is ranked as the No. 76 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline and No. 89 in Baseball America's rankings. 

Beane recognizes the risk in taking Fowler and Kaprielian, but clearly believes the reward is much higher down the road, saying, "We saw it as an opportunity to get two players we though were very talented." 

Yankees make three errors, Sonny Gray loses debut with new team

Yankees make three errors, Sonny Gray loses debut with new team

BOX SCORE

CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber upstaged Sonny Gray's debut for New York by pitching a three-hitter and leading the Cleveland Indians to a 5-1 win over the sloppy Yankees on Thursday night.

Kluber (9-3) struck out 11 and Cleveland's ace threw his third complete game this season as the defending AL champions won the opener of a four-game series with a potential playoff opponent, ending their losing streak at three.

For five innings, Gray (6-6) was nearly as good as Kluber, but New York made three errors in the first behind the right-hander, who was acquired at Monday's trade deadline from Oakland to help the Yankees return to the postseason.

Gray allowed only two hits until the sixth, when Yan Gomes broke an 0-for-13 slide by hitting a two-out, two-run double to put Cleveland up 4-0.

With his latest dominant performance, Kluber joined Hall of Famers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to strike out at least eight in 12 consecutive starts. Johnson did it four times in his career and holds the record with 17 straight.

Kluber was locked in from the start and carried a two-hit shutout into the seventh before Gary Sanchez belted his 17th homer, a 427-foot laser shot to center.

Along with containing the Bronx Bombers, Kluber didn't force Indians manager Terry Francona to go deep into a bullpen missing All-Star reliever Andrew Miller, who is on the disabled list with knee tendinitis.

The Yankees sat struggling slugger Aaron Judge for the series opener. The major league home run leader is batting just .164 (11 of 67) with 29 strikeouts since the All-Star break.

Gray certainly didn't get any help from his defense in the first, when the Yankees kicked the ball around like Little Leaguers.

First baseman Chase Headley and second baseman Tyler Wade both booted grounders, and after Jose Ramirez hit a one-out RBI single, right fielder Clint Frazier, the former Indians prospect traded away for Miller last season, airmailed a throw to third into the photographer's pit, allowing Michael Brantley to score.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: OF Aaron Hicks (strained right oblique) went 1 for 3 with a walk in his second minor league rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Hicks has been out since June 26.

Indians: Jason Kipnis, sidelined since before the All-Star break with a strained right hamstring, will play at Triple-A Columbus on Friday. He'll return to Cleveland for a workout Saturday, and as long as there are no setbacks, he'll be activated Sunday for the series finale. ... Francona said OF Lonnie Chisenhall is still not ready to play in a rehab game. He's been on the DL with a strained right calf sustained on July 9.

UP NEXT

Jaime Garcia makes his debut for New York against Cleveland's Trevor Bauer on Friday night. Garcia, who began the season with Atlanta, made one start for Minnesota before the Twins traded him to the Yankees on July 29. The 31-year-old lefty is 5-7 with a 4.29 ERA in 19 starts. Bauer worked a season-high eight innings on July 27 against the Los Angeles Angels.

Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray: 'Always been a dream of mine...'

Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray: 'Always been a dream of mine...'

On Monday, the A's traded Sonny Gray to the Yankees.

On Tuesday afternoon, Gray took to Twitter.

First, he issued a message to A's fans:

Then, he turned his attention to New York:

Oakland selected Gray with the 18th overall pick in the 2011 draft.

He made his big-league debut on July 10, 2013.

The 27-year old went 14-7 with a 2.73 ERA in 2015, was an All-Star and finished third in the AL Cy Young voting.

Gray is 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA through 16 starts this year.

The A's and Yankees do not play each other again this season...