Sonny Gray talks Yankees pursuing starter, working for quick fix

BALTIMORE — Yankees right-hander Sonny Gray remembers being the bigshot starter brought in last summer to join an on-the-rise ballclub that was headed for postseason baseball.Leaving small-market Oakland and an Athletics team that wasn’t contending for big-city New York and the Yankees was an exciting change for the 2015 All-Star who arrived being trumpeted as a top-of-the-rotation starter.Almost a year later, the Yankees again are looking for starting pitching … this time possibly to replace Gray, who will take a 5-7 record and 5.85 ERA into his start Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles.His thoughts on this development?”If we bring in a starter that will help make us better, I’m all for it,” Gray said Tuesday before the Yankees’ 6-5 loss to the Orioles. “That’s kind of the Yankees’ way always to improve and always trying to be the best we can be.”Andujar responds to Yankees showing interest in MachadoThe Yankees being the best they can be could mean demoting Gray to a long relief role … or perhaps getting him off the club in an addition by subtraction trade for anything.Traded last summer for three top prospects, Gray was a disappointment for the Yankees for the final two months of the 2017 regular and during a long playoff run, and he’s been a lot worse this season.His last two starts have been terrible. He allowed six runs over 2 1/3 innings in a home loss to the Boston Red Sox on June 30, then was roughed up for five runs in two innings last Friday in a road loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.Gray’s rotation spot now probably is on very thin ice. In fact, he perhaps will lose his spot if he doesn’t do well on Wednesday, his final start before the All-Star break.He’s confident that he’ll be better. Besides faring well in his two previous starts against the O’s this season – Gray is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA, allowing four runs over 12 innings – he’s been tweaking his mechanics this week with guidance from pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

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