Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman was initially suspended six games for throwing at Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph’s head last Monday. That has been reduced to five games, and Stroman will begin serving the suspension immediately, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports.
Stroman appealed the suspension when it was handed down, which is why he was able to start against the Yankees on Saturday. As Davidi details, a hearing is usually held for appeals, but one couldn’t be held due to logistical reasons. As a result, the player’s union and MLB officials quickly settled on a five-game suspension to prevent the issue from lingering into the 2015 season.
This doesn’t necessarily mean Stroman won’t be seen again this season. He was on schedule to face the Orioles to start the final series of the season at home on Friday, and that is also when his suspension would end. The Blue Jays could simply push his start back to Saturday.
Stroman, in his first season, is 11-6 with a 3.77 ERA and a 107/28 K/BB ratio in 126 2/3 innings across 20 starts and five relief appearances this season.