Marcus Stroman undergoes knee surgery

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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.

Starling Marte carted off field after outfield collision

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Pirates center fielder Starling Marte was carted off the field during the eighth inning of Friday’s contest against the Giants. Marte was racing in to field a fly ball from Yangervis Solarte when he collided at full speed with shortstop Erik Gonz√°lez. The two were knocked down by the impact and quickly attended to by the Pirates’ staff, who helped Marte sit up on a cart and removed him from the game.

The extent of either player’s injuries, if any, have yet to be revealed. Following the incident, both Marte and Gonz√°lez were officially removed from the lineup, with JB Shuck shifting from left to center field, Jung Ho Kang moving over to shortstop, Colin Moran covering third base, and Jason Martin in the left field corner.

The Pirates currently lead the Giants 4-1 in the ninth.