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:
Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke said this morning that Chris Sale won’t be ready for the start of the season. He’ll begin the year on the injured list.
The reason is not, Roenicke says, his rehabbed elbow directly. It’s that he’s been sidelined with pneumonia and is thus a couple of weeks behind in his preparation. Roenicke, as paraphrased by Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe, said that it was “unfair” to give sale “just four starts” this spring.
Which, as Rotoworld’s Matthew Pouliot observes, is kind of strange because Sale’s last four spring trainings have consisted of three, five, four and two starts, respectively, yet he has been deemed ready to go each year. Pouliot also notes that, if he was truly only a couple of weeks behind, as Roenicke says, he’d be ramped up to about four innings per outing or so by the time the bell rings as opposed to six, maybe, and that that’s not an unusual level of stamina for a starter in this day and age given the changes in bullpen usage. Ideal for Sale? Maybe not, but not the sort of thing one would expect to result in an IL stint to start the year.
An overabundance of caution informed by the fact that, well, the Red Sox aren’t intending to compete this year? A change in philosophy under the Red Sox’ interim new manager? Or is there something going on with Sale’s health at the moment?