Oakland Athletics ace Sonny Gray will not start Opening Day due to food poisoning, the club has informed Oakland A's beat writers. Rich Hill started Monday's game against White Sox ace Chris Sale, instead.
A's manager Bob Melvin announced in the press conference after Monday's game that Chris Bassitt would start Tuesday and Sonny Gray would start Wednesday.
Sonny Gray dealt with a food-borne illness that left him hospitalized and quarantined almost to the point of a disabled list stay last year, but this was obviously a less severe event. So while I guess that makes him food poisoning-prone, these things happen.
This would have been Gray's third consecutive Opening Day start, the first A's player to accomplish that feat since Dave Stewart started Opening Days 1988-1992. Instead, the A's will start their 10th different pitcher in the last 11 years on Opening Day.
Hill moved up from his scheduled Tuesday start. After a couple of poor early starts in major league spring training, Hill worked on some things in a couple of minor league starts. He last started on March 30, tossing 4 1/3 innings and allowing two runs, three walks, two strikeouts, and two hits.
I'm not panicking. This is fine.
This is fine.
Updated at 4:11 PM to include information that Sonny Gray may start Tuesday.
Updated at 10:24 PM to include information that Chris Bassitt will start Tuesday, and Sonny Gray will start Wednesday.