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Sonny Gray released from hospital, next start up in the air

Sonny Gray is no longer confined to a hospital room, but the team is unsure of when he'll make his next start.

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Sonny Gray has been released from the John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek after experiencing a serious case of bacterial gastroenteritis, and is now back with the Athletics. He was diagnosed with salmonella, which caused him to spike a fever of 103 degrees.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Feel bad for Sonny Gray. I was out 10+ days when I ate the free coliseum hot dogs, too.</p>&mdash; Eno Sarris (@enosarris) <a href="https://twitter.com/enosarris/status/616819198996709377">July 3, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The source of the illness has yet to be identified, but the Coliseum clubhouse has been ruled out as Gray was the only member of the team to get sick. He did however "eat at two venues away from [Oakland's] facility, on Thursday night and Friday before he came to the ballpark."

According to Gray, he got "five bags of fluids one night and [he] was still dehydrated. [His] body was kind of shutting down. [His] internal organs were so out of whack, it was not good." He also added that his colon "swelled to twice its normal size". Despite the severity of the illness, Gray is reporting good news, and that he's feeling back to normal.

Chris Bassitt, who was called up to start in place of the critically ill Gray, will likely take his spot again in the rotation this Sunday, according to A's manager Bob Melvin. Their head trainer, Nick Paparesta, made it clear that "this isn't the normal 'Hey I was sick for a few days and I'm better now,' because he's not able to eat as he normally would."

Until they have a better handle on when he'll be able to return to the mound, it's unclear if a DL stint is needed, however if it is, they can backdate him to June 26th, and would be eligible to come back on July 11th. That would put him in line to be able to pitch in the All-Star game, but after this recent scare, that's a huge afterthought.