The Blue Jays have officially ruled Marcus Stroman out for Opening Day.
Stroman has been dealing with shoudler soreness, and while the Jays were optimistic that he might be ready for the Opener, he’s just not going to make it. On the other hand, Stroman says that he felt “great” during his bullpen session this morning, so it seems like it’s more a matter of getting him stretched out in time to start the season as opposed to physical problems preventing it.
Obviously the last couple of weeks of spring training will dictate that. If he has a setback and can’t make the first couple of weeks of the season, the Jays will have to scramble a bit to fill his spot in the rotation, with Joe Biagini being the most obvious replacement candidate.
Stroman went 13-9 last year with a 3.09 ERA (ERA+ 149) in 201 innings over 33 starts. Obviously the Jays’ season rests heavily on how healthy he is in 2018.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.