Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are aligning pitching prospect Marcus Stroman’s next start to that of Dustin McGowan. It could be a sign that Stroman, who turns 23 years old on Thursday, could make his Major League debut soon. Stroman will pitch against the Louisville Bats in Triple-A on Tuesday, the same day McGowan pitches against the Royals.
Getting his first taste of Triple-A competition, Stroman has a 2.18 ERA with 26 strikeouts and six walks over 20 2/3 innings. Stroman was rated the #27 overall prospect by Baseball Prospectus entering the season.
McGowan, meanwhile, has not fared well in the Jays’ rotation. In four starts, the right-hander has a 6.88 ERA.
Davidi writes Stroman’s debut could come as early as May 4 in Pittsburgh, but there’s obviously nothing written in stone at the moment. Manager John Gibbons said of the situation, “we’ll see.”
The Oakland Athletics have activated DH Billy Butler from the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Butler, you’ll recall, suffered a concussion last weekend in a clubhouse fight with teammate Danny Valencia. The two have since apologized to each other and to the A’s organization for creating what would, if everyone’s being honest, serve as the dramatic peak of the A’s disappointing year.
Speaking of disappointing, Butler is hitting.286/.338/.419 with four homers and 30 RBI in 228 plate appearances this season.
FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that Tim Tebow’s baseball workout, which will take place tomorrow in Los Angeles, will be attended by scouts from “roughly half” of the 30 major league teams. Morosi noted in a later tweet that a lot of the people going to see the workout are people “with influence.” That could mean that people are taking him seriously. It could mean that people want to gawk. The proof will ultimately be in the pudding.
As we’ve noted, Tebow is 29 and he asn’t played competitive baseball since high school. While some people who have watched him work out have said complimentary things about his preparation and approach, an anonymous scout told ESPN.com last week that Tebow’s swing is so long it might “take out the front row.”
Color us skeptical until someone who works for a club, as opposed to people who have been invited to coach him, pitch to him or work out with him, says that Tebow has a chance.