OAKLAND -- The Oakland A’s placed right-handed pitcher Sonny Gray on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 21 with a strained right trapezius, the club announced today. To take his spot on the roster, the A’s recalled left-handed pitcher Daniel Coulombe from Triple-A Nashville.
Gray was 3-5 with a 6.19 ERA in nine starts with the A’s and his ERA is third highest in the American League. He currently has a career-high tying four-game losing streak and has a 10.38 ERA and .337 opponents batting average over that five-start stretch dating back to April 27. Gray has tossed fewer than four innings in three of those five starts and has allowed at least four runs in all five starts. This is his first career stint on the disabled list and the A’s now have a Major League leading 13 players on the DL.
Coulombe joins the A’s for the second time this year. He was previously with Oakland for a one-day stint on May 10 and pitched that night at Boston, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks in 2.0 innings of relief. The 26-year-old left-hander has spent the balance of the season at Nashville, where he has compiled a 0.56 ERA and .135 opponents batting average in 13 relief appearances. Coulombe has not allowed a home run in 16.0 innings and has walked just three while striking out 19. He did not allow a run in two games in 2.0 innings following his May 11 option.
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