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Oakland A’s injury: Sonny Gray just has a muscle strain, no surgery required

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland A’s pitcher Sonny Gray just has a muscle strain and no structural damage, says A’s manager Bob Melvin in the press conference after Monday’s game. Gray avoids surgery after leaving last Saturday’s contest with extensor muscle soreness in his right forearm, though Melvin won’t say when the A’s might expect Gray back.

Melvin announced before Monday’s game that after Zach Neal on Tuesday, the A’s will add Ross Detwiler to the 40-man roster for him to start Wednesday’s game, and then Andrew Triggs will start Thursday’s contest. This will be Triggs’ second MLB start, though he will presumably be limited to around 50 pitches, with the bullpen finishing the rest of the game.

The A’s purchased 30-year-old Ross Detwiler from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations. He owns a career major league ERA of 4.21, and in four appearances with the Nashville Sounds had a 3.86 ERA in 23 1/3 innings with 24 strikeouts and four walks.