Oakland Athletics Sonny Gray told beat reporters this afternoon that he was definitely not going on the disabled list. Gray is recovering from salmonella poisoning that resulted in flu-like symptoms that sent him to the hospital on June 29, the eve of his last scheduled start.
At one point during his hospital stay, his colon "swelled to twice its normal size," writes Susan Slusser for the San Francisco Chronicle. The A's were able to rule out the clubhouse as the source of the salmonella as no other player or staff member took ill, and Gray's hospital is contacting the restaurants Gray ate at the previous week. Gray was released from the hospital on July 1, a two-night stay.
Sonny Gray is feeling so good today he had some "light" Chipotle. That means a DL stint highly unlikely.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 3, 2015
Gray ate Chipotle today -- had steak, rice and lettuce. First time he's eaten meat since Monday.— Trevor Hass (@TrevorHass) July 3, 2015
Gray is still likely to get another extra day or two off, which points toward a Tuesday start at NY and Sunday at Cleveland. #Athletics— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 3, 2015
Chris Bassitt would start Sunday in that scenario and be optioned after the game, while the rest of the staff would be working on at least six days rest if they stayed in turn. Max Muncy is ineligible to return to the A's until July 10 barring an injury on the big league roster, so Craig Gentry or Jake Smolinski are the 40-man position player options that could be called up. Between the Yankees and Indians, the A's are likely facing all but one right-hander all the way up to the All-Star Break, however.
With Sonny starting on Tuesday, he would be on turn to start one last time on the Sunday before the All-Star Break, which would make him ineligible to appear in the game (though he could still be named to the game).