The Yankees and Sonny Gray expect the right-hander to make his next start after X-rays came back negative on his thumb.
Gray took a comebacker off his right hand to start the top of the fifth on Thursday. He remained in the game and finished the inning, but left after the fifth, in part due to getting dinged.
“Everything’s good,’’ Gray said before Friday’s game against the Royals at Yankee Stadium was rained out. “It’s much better than [Thursday].”
Gray was able to play catch and will be able to pitch next week.
“Once I got the X-ray and it was fine, then there was no doubt that I was gonna pitch,’’ Gray said. “Everything’s good. I’ll ready in five days. It’s a little sore, but nothing more than I expected.”
Aaron Boone said he was pleased by the news.
“We didn’t feel like it’s an issue or anything where he’d even have to alter anything in-between starts,’’ the manager said. “We view him as good to go.’’
Gray ended up pitching five scoreless innings in his third straight solid outing. He’s 3-0 with a 1.10 ERA in those starts, as the Yankees look for last year’s major trade deadline acquisition to finally deliver.