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Davey Martinez made the decision to end Josiah Gray’s start against the Blue Jays last week in Toronto after the 25-year-old right-hander threw 63 pitches total in two innings, 40 in the second, giving up four hits, four walks, and four earned runs in a shaky appearance.

“He threw 40 pitches that [second] inning, and I thought that was plenty,” he explained in his post game comments.

“He looked like he was struggling a little bit with his mechanics.

“Physically, I think he’s fine, mentally, and he was forcing a lot of pitches, so to me that’s just — I didn’t want to send him back out there.