Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman made his 2015 debut on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium in the second game of a double-header, but it was cut short by rain. The right-hander went five innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts. The game went into a delay after the top of the fifth inning with the Jays leading 6-3.
Stroman, 24, suffered a torn ACL in March and shortly thereafter underwent surgery. He impressed as a rookie last season, compiling a 3.65 ERA with a 111/28 K/BB ratio in 130 2/3 innings spanning 20 starts and six relief appearances.
The Blue Jays selected Stroman in the first round, 22nd overall, in the 2012 draft. He entered the 2014 season rated as the 27th-best prospect in baseball, per Baseball Prospectus.
Marcus Stroman was originally thought to be lost for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during a routine fielding drill in early March, but he has made amazing progress in his rehab (even finishing his degree at Duke University along the way) and there’s now a good chance he’ll be pitching for the Blue Jays this month.
Stroman made his first minor league rehab start Wednesday night with Class A Lansing and he showed no signs of rust at all, tossing 4 2/3 innings of no-hit ball. He walked one batter and struck out seven while throwing 44 out of 69 pitches for strikes. Not bad. Not bad at all.
The plan calls for Stroman to throw a bullpen session Friday before making another rehab start with Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. He’s slated to rejoin the Blue Jays from there, likely as a member of the starting rotation, which would be quite a boost for a team which has been rolling since late July. According to Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca, Stroman is understandably amped up at the propsect of playoff baseball.
“It just shows that all the hard work paid off. Nobody puts higher expectations on me than myself; and no one has more confidence in me than myself,” Stroman said. “I’m more motivated and more hungry now than I’ve ever been. And I’m ready to get back to the big leagues and contribute to this unbelievable team and to get to the playoffs. I’m ready to do something special.
Stroman, 24, posted a 3.65 ERA and 111/28 K/BB ratio in 130 2/3 innings over 20 starts and six relief appearances as a rookie last season.
Ben Lindbergh of Grantland wrote an excellent piece about the science behind Stroman’s rehab. It’s well worth checking out.
Jon Morosi reports that Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman reported feeling “great” after throwing a 40-pitch simulated game today. He’ll throw another one on Friday and, assuming all is could, should be cleared to join Buffalo for a minor league rehab assignment.
Stroman has missed all season after tearing his ACL in spring training. He was thought to be gone for the year, but he’s rehabbing more quickly than expected. Which could be a big deal for the Blue Jays, who could use last year’s rookie sensation as either a starter or as a secret weapon out of the pen down the stretch or in the playoffs.