Gray, the No. 48 overall prospect in the Minors according to MLB Pipeline, was a late scratch from his start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Team broadcaster Alex Freedman said the right-hander was throwing in the outfield about 20 minutes before the start of the game. He was later scratched.
“He just felt a little discomfort,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “Just happy we and Josiah detected it earlier and didn’t try to push himself.”
With the Dodgers currently without a No. 5 starter as they wait for Tony Gonsolin to complete his rehab, Roberts said Gray was one of the candidates to potentially make a spot start over the weekend or early next week. It could’ve been Gray’s Major League debut, but that will now have to wait as the right-hander’s focus shifts to getting healthy.
“We’re just going to shut him down for a week to 10 days, not pick up a baseball, and then we’ll kind of see where he’s at, at that point,” Roberts said.
Gray impressed the Dodgers during last year’s Summer Camp and he also made a good impression this year during big league camp. He was coming off an impressive first outing of the season, a career-high 10-strikeout performance against Round Rock, the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate.
Throughout his career in the Minors, Gray is 13-5 with a 2.40 ERA in 39 appearances (38 starts). He has recorded 216 strikeouts over 187 1/3 innings of work.