OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics lost for the seventh time in eight games on Saturday afternoon and that wasn’t even the worst of it.
“Hopefully it’s minor,” manager Bob Melvin said after Sonny Gray threw just 72 pitches before exiting the club’s 4-0 loss with extensor muscle soreness in the top of his right forearm.
“He was fighting to go back out,” Melvin explained. “So, hopefully it’s a minor thing.”
In five innings of work, Gray allowed a pair of runs — with both coming in the top of the third when Ben Zobrist lined a two-out single into center field.
When asked if he thought he’d be able to make his next start, Gray was non-committal.
“[I’ll] probably know more tomorrow,” Gray said.
Overton’s struggles continue
In Friday’s opener, the Cubs jumped Dillon Overton for four runs in the first inning on the way to a 7-2 win.
Dexter Fowler homered to lead off the game and Jorge Soler added a three-run blast later in the first.
Overton has now served up 11 long balls in his first five outings, which is more than any big leaguer since 1913.