Sonny Gray fell short of leading the Oakland Athletics into the ALCS but did so just barely. Justin Verlander bested him in the final game of the division series with the Detroit Tigers but something else happened in that game. Now we know that Gray suffered a broken thumb on his glove hand in the fifth inning while fielding a ball. He continued but a broken bone in even the glove hand can prove to be a big problem for a pitcher. He is going to have surgery to repair it but it is an extremely minor thing.
Gray should be more than fine by 2014 opening day where he and his fellow pitchers will lead the Athletics towards another attempt at the American League West division title. They are somehow able to beat the odds every season and they have most of the team coming back in 2014. Gray will surely become an even larger impact player on the mound. The only pitcher they may lose would be Bartolo Colon but even that would just open the door for someone else to walk in.
Offensively they should be able to back Gray and his fellow starters fairly well this next season as well. Nothing that is on the docket right now appears ready to slow the Athletics as they will hope to return to the postseason in 2014 with another shot at going towards the World Series. With Sonny Gray completely healthy and building much needed experience all season long; I think their chances in a short series will be much better next season.