Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has announced this afternoon that Marcus Stroman will likely miss the entire 2015 season with a torn left ACL. He reportedly tore the muscle during a bunt drill. Anthopoulos said that Stroman is “crushed.”
While doing the bunt drill, Donaldson had called off Stroman, he planted his feet, felt a pop in his left knee and an MRI confirmed the tear. He will see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion.
Stroman pitched Monday against Houston throwing 2.2IP with 2 hits, 0 earned runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. He was considered to have a strong hold on a place in the Blue Jays starting rotation before the announcement of the injury. There was no word from Stroman or the Blue Jays after the start that there was any issue. In his post game scrum Stroman himself said his “Arm felt great, body felt great”.
The injury throws some chaos into the Blue Jays pitching situation with Norris, Sanchez and Estrada leading candidates to take Stroman’s starting job. Of course, that means there is one less of them to throw out of the bullpen. The Blue Jays also have veteran pitcher Johan Santana signed to appear at spring training, so the door may have opened a little more for him to have a chance to make the club.
After going 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA in 20 games last season, Stroman was destined to be a young gun in this rotation that has high hopes of competing for a playoff spot.
He is expected to make a full recovery.