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Athletics’ ace Sonny Gray to make rehab start at Single-A on Sunday

15 May 2016: Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray (54) delivers a pitch during the MLB regular season game between the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)
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According to a statement released by the club on Thursday evening, Oakland Athletics’ ace Sonny Gray will make a minor league rehab start for Single-A Stockton on Sunday.  Placed on the Athletics’ 15-day disabled list back on May 22, Gray had been hindered by a strained right trapezius that forced him to the sideline.

However, the 26-year-old right-hander is one several notable starting pitchers in the midst of a funk after coming off of a stellar campaign in 2015 (New York Mets’ Matt Harvey and Arizona Diamondbacks’ Shelby Miller).

Gray struggled mightily prior to landing the 15-day disabled list.  Making nine starts during the early part of the 2016 regular season, he amassed a whopping 6.19 ERA alongside his disappointing 3-5 record.

Allowing 55 hits across 48 innings of work, he struck out 41 opposing batters while walking 24 others.

Spending his entire four-year big league career in Oakland, Gray produced quality numbers in each season prior to 2016 while officially breaking out a season ago.  Being named to his first All-Star Game, he also finished the year as a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award.

Rewarded for his efforts, Gray made 31 starts en route to a 2.73 ERA, the third best mark in the American League.  Pitching a total of 208 innings, he registered 169 strikeouts against 59 walks to accompany his 14-7 record.

Entering a three-game weekend series against the Houston Astros, the Athletics will sport a 25-29 record, good for third place in the American League West standings.

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