Sonny Gray came away fortunate. The righthander, hit on the base of his right thumb by a comebacker to start the fifth inning Thursday night, had X-rays after the game that came back negative.
“Everything was good,” said Gray, who threw five scoreless innings in the Yankees’ 7-2 victory over the Royals before being removed for precautionary reasons. “Feels much better than it did yesterday.”
Gray said the area of impact still felt “a little bit” sore but “nothing crazy” and added that he doesn’t see any issue in taking his next turn in the rotation. “We view him as good to go,” Aaron Boone said Friday.
Gray is 8-7 with a 5.08 ERA but is 3-0 with a 1.10 ERA in his last three starts against the Orioles, Mets and Royals.
Boone said Clint Frazier, diagnosed last week with post-concussion migraines, will go to Tampa for rehab. With Aaron Judge on the DL with a chip fracture in his right wrist and expected to miss at least three weeks, it could have been a way for Frazier, who has had his own injury issues, to get some big-league time.
“Whether that’s a couple days or weeks, we don’t know,” Boone said of a timeline. “Today he said he felt a lot better, but he’s got to get to a point where he is symptom-free and is good to go, and if that’s the case, he would become an option for us.”
Travel issues kept new acquisition J.A. Happ from arriving in the Bronx on Friday — his flight was canceled because of the weather — but he is expected Saturday and remains slated to make his Yankees debut Sunday. “I’m really excited about him,” Boone said. “In a way, I feel he’s always been kind of underrated.”