BOSTON — The twins don’t expect Sonny Gray’s sore right hamstring to sideline the starting pitcher for too long. If all goes well, it’s possible that Gray will just miss one start.
Still, the twins thought it wisest to put Gray on Sunday’s 10-day injured list, activating IL’s Cody Stashak (biceps tendonitis) in the process.
Gray was removed from the start on Saturday just 1 2/3 innings when he felt his thigh grab while delivering the penultimate pitch of his outing. He felt it again on his last throw, and although he advocated throwing a warm-up throw, the Twins took it out right then, cautiously in their attempt to avoid further injury.
“If you can get past the idea, ‘Oh, you know, in all the initial, oh, you’re on the IL, you’re on 10-day,’ which nobody really wants, it’s that initial, ‘Oh’,” said Grey. “But overall, if you look at it as a start, if you look at it as three or four days where you’re just being pushed back, then it’s easier to deal with.”
Gray, who rode an exercise bike on Sunday, expects to get back up the hill to throw a bullpen in the next few days in Kansas City — the twins’ next stop on their road trip. While he’s out, the Twins plan to return to a five-man rotation of Joe Ryan, Bailey Ober, Dylan Bundy, Chris Archer and Chris Paddack instead of slotting in Josh Winder, who threw a relieved 5 1/3 innings on Gray’s rotation point .
The Twins will piss off everyone else any day, manager Rocco Baldelli said, and Winder will remain available for long relief after resetting from throwing 66 pitches on Saturday.
“I think it’s just cleaner and I think it helps when you have someone like Josh who can give you that length out of the bullpen,” Baldelli said.
The twins have played three straight games in Boston. The fourth will be the earliest of all. The Twins and Red Sox begin the Red Sox’s Patriots’ Day game at 10:10 a.m. CT, coinciding with Marathon Monday for the first time since 2019.
Baldelli, a Rhode Islander who played for the Red Sox in 2009, recalls having trouble with road closures when he came to the park for the game. Everywhere he went, roads were blocked. Eventually, the police managed to move some barriers so he could sneak into Fenway Park.
“This is a special day for this city. It’s a special day for all New Englanders,” Baldelli said. “…We enjoy being here, hopefully going out and winning a game, ruining some people’s day by going out and playing well. That will be our goal. But the life and vibrancy of the city is very real that day and cannot be denied.”
Baldelli said ahead of the game he had no update on the midfielder Byron Buxton, who left Friday’s game with right knee pain. Buxton is considered Day-to-Day and has not been in the line-up since leaving in the first inning on Friday. … Baldelli had no update on the outfielder Alex Kirilloff (Wrist), but said he believes Kirilloff will meet the team in Kansas City. … Tom “Flash” Gordon named the Sunday game on the Red Sox radio show. His son Nick started the game in midfield for the twins.
https://www.twincities.com/2022/04/17/sonny-gray-headed-to-injured-list-for-what-twins-are-hoping-is-short-stay/ Sonny Gray went on the injured list for what Twins hope is a short layover – Twin Cities