It turns out that Jon Gray’s forearm injury did not fully heal.
The Rockies added the right-handed starter to the 10-day injury list on Wednesday because his forearm is still tight. He was originally scheduled to start the game against Atlanta at Coors Field on Thursday.
Manager Bud Black said on Tuesday that Gray had no problem with his arm during the bullpen meeting and said Gray might start his game on Thursday.
“Once he realizes that he feels good, there is no problem with the forearm, and he will work hard on the court,” Black said. “We are committed to fastball command, consistent passing, consistent arm grooves. He spins some curveballs and makes changes.”
In the third game in Los Angeles on Saturday night, Gray left his starting position against the Dodgers. Gray was obviously in pain when pitching.
This marks Gray’s second participation in IL this season. He was injured on June 4 and was placed on IL a day later due to a strained right flexor tendon and pain in his elbow. Gray underwent an MRI examination, but the test showed that there was no structural damage. Nevertheless, Gray did not pitch again until June 25th.
The 29-year-old Gray plans to become a free agent for the first time, but he said he hopes to re-sign with Colorado. He has a 7-10 record in 24 starts and a 4.13 SR.
Among other moves, the Rockies recalled right-handed pitchers Antonio Santos and Justin Lawrence, and selected right-handed pitcher Julian Fernandez from the Albuquerque top three teams.