Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Gray will be sidelined for the start of the 2016 MLB season due to an abdominal strain.
Gray suffered the injury while pitching during his side’s spring training game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. The 24-year-old only managed 16 pitches before he felt a sharp pain and exited the game.
The Oklahoma native revealed that he had felt pain in his abdominal region prior to Tuesday’s game, but decided to play through it.
Upon hearing that he wouldn’t be able to pitch for a couple of weeks, Gray admitted that it was a bitter pill to swallow. However, he added that he was glad he had only been diagnosed with a strain as he initially thought he had suffered a serious injury.
“It’s really frustrating because I have so much stuff I need to work on, reps I don’t need to miss out on,” Gray told reporters. “It could be a lot worse. I’m happy it’s not bad. It’s just a few weeks I’ll be out. But it’s frustrating because I needed these last couple games to get some reps in for the season.
“I was thinking maybe something was torn. I’d never felt anything like this before. I was kind of freaking out, so when they told me it was just a strain I was kind of relieved.”