Sonny Gray for the Cincinnati Reds, had bone chips removed from his right elbow via arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2019, the day after he made his final start in a stellar season.
The surgery was considered minor and will not impact his off-season goals. The Reds knew during spring training he needed the surgery.
Reds manager David Bell stated, “Everything was successful. It’s not going to affect his offseason. He’s going to be good to go next year. We decided a few days ago that he wasn’t going to make his last start after (Tuesday), so it just made sense to go ahead to get it done and get it out of the way.”
Gray finished the season with 2.87 ERA in 31 starts, striking out a career-high 205 batters in 175 ⅓ innings.
Bell said, “He had symptoms just with everyday type stuff. Maybe not able to straighten his arm all the way out. Little things but nothing that affected him and his pitching. But it could have led to that. Loose bodies in your elbow is something that could, long-term, affect what you’re going to do or maybe your mechanics or things like that. We were very confident he could make it through the year and obviously he did that. He had a great year.”
Gray was benched for his first spring training start in February due to elbow stiffness. Nevertheless, he did not miss a single turn throughout the season.
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