Reds’ Sonny Gray feels ‘more complete’ in return to All-Star Game

Pitchers Gray, Luis Castillo will represent Cincinnati at MLB’s All-Star Game

Reds’ Sonny Gray feels ‘more complete’ in return to All-Star Game
Sonny Gray and Luis Castillo will represent Cincinnati at MLB’s All-Star Game. (Source: Joe Danneman)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) - Sonny Gray says he feels more comfortable in his second All-Star appearance after experiencing the ups and downs of Major League Baseball.

Gray, who replaced Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer on the National League All-Star roster, is representing the Reds along with Luis Castillo at Tuesday’s game in Cleveland. Gray came to the Reds in a trade before the start of the 2019 season and has put together a solid season in his first year in Cincinnati.

“To get back to (the All-Star Game) after four years, it’s quite the accomplishment for me and my family,” said Gray Monday at the All-Star Game. “I couldn’t be happier.”

Gray burst into the Major Leagues with an All-Star appearance in 2015 with the Oakland A’s, but after two inconsistent years with the Yankees, Gray is 14th in the National League with a 3.59 earned run average.

“I’ve experienced a lot in this game. I’ve been up and down and being back here, I feel more complete now than I ever have.”

Gray has been an important piece of a Reds starting rotation that has kept the team in contention in the first half of the season.

“We’re there,” said Gray of the Reds position in the National League Central. “I think if you told us coming into the season that we’d be five games back of first place at the All-Star break, we’d say, ‘Sign us up.’ We’ll take it and we’re ready to go.”

The All-Star Game is Tuesday night on FOX19 Now.

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