The Blue Jays have officially ruled Marcus Stroman out for Opening Day.
Stroman has been dealing with shoudler soreness, and while the Jays were optimistic that he might be ready for the Opener, he’s just not going to make it. On the other hand, Stroman says that he felt “great” during his bullpen session this morning, so it seems like it’s more a matter of getting him stretched out in time to start the season as opposed to physical problems preventing it.
Obviously the last couple of weeks of spring training will dictate that. If he has a setback and can’t make the first couple of weeks of the season, the Jays will have to scramble a bit to fill his spot in the rotation, with Joe Biagini being the most obvious replacement candidate.
Stroman went 13-9 last year with a 3.09 ERA (ERA+ 149) in 201 innings over 33 starts. Obviously the Jays’ season rests heavily on how healthy he is in 2018.