Melvin will be watching Sonny from afar, while Bochy praises Panda

Sonny Gray will start against the A's on Friday, and will likely face Dustin Fowler, the former Yankees prospect for whom he was traded at the deadline in 2017. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Sonny Gray will start against the A's on Friday, and will likely face Dustin Fowler, the former Yankees prospect for whom he was traded at the deadline in 2017. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

OAKLAND — Bob Melvin admitted before Monday night’s game that the incessant speculation made it easier to see Sonny Gray leave on deadline day. Now, the Oakland A’s manager plans to keep tabs on his former ace from afar.

“We were close and we wish him the best and we’ll be watching,” Melvin said. “And I think he landed in a great spot, and from what I understand, we had a nice take back, too, in the direction that we were going with some athleticism and some younger guys that we think will be impactful.”

In exchange for Gray, the A’s landed OF Dustin Fowler, SS Jorge Mateo and RHP James Kaprielian.

“But again, you reflect a little bit on the time we had with Sonny and how much he meant to this organization,” Melvin said. “And, again, we wish him the best.”

Klay throws the first pitch

Two-time NBA champ was on hand to throw out the first pitch:

Bochy on Pablo: ‘He’s been great down there’

It sounds like Pablo Sandoval could be back with the orange and black sooner rather than later. Before Monday’s Bay Bridge Series opener, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy offered a ringing endorsement of the one-time World Series MVP.

“He’s getting better swings now. He’s doing a good job at third,” Bochy said. “He’s been great down there, talking to [Dave] Brundage, their manager, he’s been upbeat, very positive and working hard. His timing’s coming around. He’s making better contact.”

Back on July 24, Bochy suggested that Sandoval could join the club in two to three weeks.Bob MelvinBruce BochyKlay ThompsonMLBPablo SandovalSonny Gray

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