“Season-ending injury” no more: Marcus Stroman is back in the Blue Jays’ rotation

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Marcus Stroman was expected to miss the entire season after suffering a torn left ACL during spring training, but the 24-year-old right-hander has worked hard to rehab the injury and the Blue Jays announced that he’s rejoining the rotation Saturday with a start against the Yankees.

Stroman had a fantastic rookie season last year, throwing 131 innings with a 3.65 ERA and 111/28 K/BB ratio while flashing top-notch velocity and raw stuff. He was in line to make the Opening Day start for Toronto before the knee injury.

Previously there was some speculation that they’d work Stroman back into the mix slowly as a reliever, so throwing him right back into the starting rotation for a key series against the Yankees suggests the Blue Jays think he has a chance to thrive down the stretch and perhaps even play a big role in the playoffs.