After imploding yet again Wednesday by allowing seven earned runs in just 2.2 innings to the Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees have seen enough of Sonny Gray in the starting rotation. General manager Brian Cashman announced on a WFAN appearance that Gray would move to the bullpen and newly-acquired right-hander Lance Lynn will start Monday.
Lynn will be on normal rest since he came in as long-relief for Gray, throwing 71 pitches over 4⅓ innings. He allowed five hits but did not surrender a run. Gray told reporters at Fenway Park today that he would be available on Saturday.
“At the end of the day, I want them to do whatever is best to help us win, whatever that may be,” Gray said after the game Wednesday. “Whatever happens, if I get the ball in five days, then I’m going to take it and I’m going to go compete, and I’m going to do my best and I’m going to try to put us in a good position to win the game. But if not, then I’m going to be right there doing whatever I’m called upon [to do].”
Gray hasn’t had the best experience in pinstripes since being acquired at the 2017 Trade Deadline in exchange for Dustin Fowler, James Kaprielian and Jorge Mateo. In 32 starts, he has a 4.85 ERA and showed few signs of returning to the All-Star form he had in 2015.
Lynn came to the Yankees the day before the 2018 Trade Deadline in exchange for Tyler Austin and Luis Rijo. He has a 3.97 ERA over his last 11 games, which is a clear upgrade over Gray’s 5.56 mark on the season.