Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman tore the ACL in his left knee during a bunt drill last week and Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that he underwent successful surgery today.
The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews and Stroman is expected to miss the entire 2015 season. The 23-year-old had a 3.65 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 across 20 starts and six relief appearances as a rookie last season and appeared primed for a breakout year in Toronto’s rotation, but that will all be put on hold until next year.
Below is a picture from Stroman’s Twitter account prior to the surgery. He’s staying positive under the circumstances:
With Stroman sidelined, Aaron Sanchez now appears locked into a rotation spot for the Blue Jays. Meanwhile, Daniel Norris and Marco Estrada are still competing for the fifth spot.
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.