Blue Jays lose Marcus Stroman for the season with a torn ACL

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Marcus Stroman seemed set for a breakout, star-making year after looking good as a rookie last season, but now the Blue Jays right-hander will miss the entire year with a torn left ACL suffered during fielding drills.

Stroman was the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 draft, ranked as a consensus top-100 prospect in back-to-back seasons, and threw 131 innings with a 3.65 ERA and 111/28 K/BB ratio as a 23-year-old rookie.

His injury could motivate the Blue Jays to shift 22-year-old prospect Aaron Sanchez into the rotation full time after he thrived in a 24-game debut as a rookie last season. Or they may decide to enter the trade market for a veteran starter.

Spring training injuries, man.

UPDATE: Here’s a tweet from Stroman:

Andrew McCutchen ‘ready to go’ whenever season begins

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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.

2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.