You’re Next, Sonny

"You mean I get my own jersey?!" (Photo courtesy of Baseball Hot Corner)

“You mean I get my own jersey?!” (Photo courtesy of Baseball Hot Corner)

It looks like we finally have our answer on when Sonny Gray will be wearing an A’s uniform as Susan Slusser tweeted not long ago the right-hander is getting called up to the majors. According to her tweet there are no open rotation spots and Gray will cut his teeth in the bullpen, but with the threat of a possible suspension looming over the head of Bartolo Colon we could be seeing Gray being groomed to slide into the rotation at some point this season.

In 16 starts with Sacramento this season Gray has compiled a 2.81 ERA with a 9.4 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 in 102.1 innings of work. He owns a 3.45 career ERA and 1.270 WHIP in the minors in 276.1 innings. Gray was scheduled to start at Colorado Springs tonight, but he was replaced by Chris Resop.

Gray, who played college ball for Vanderbilt University, was drafted by the A’s with the 18th pick in the first round of the 2011 draft after foregoing his senior season. He is the second first round pick to join the club this week after Grant Green made his big league debut Monday.

The A’s will need to make room on the roster for Gray and Dan Straily won’t be needed until July 23 at the earliest due to the All-Star Break, so it’s likely he’ll be the one who gets sent down in the meantime, according to Slusser’s blog.

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