After suffering a torn ACL and being ruled out for the entire 2015 season following surgery, Toronto Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman will make his season debut and start on Saturday when the Blue Jays battle the AL East leading New York Yankees.
With Mark Buehrle banged up following his last start in Boston, Toronto manager John Gibbons will give Stroman the ball even though he struggled in his rehab start in Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. He lasted just three innings giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking five. He threw just 44 of his 79 pitches for strikes.
It will be hard to know what exactly the Blue Jays can expect from Stroman, but following his start, he sounded confident as he told Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca.
“My arm felt great, knee felt great. The results didn’t say so but my stuff felt unreal,” Stroman said. “I know people are going to say, ‘oh, he didn’t have a good start.’ But stuff-wise, arm-wise, knee-wise, health-wise—I’m ready to go.”
In his 2014 rookie season, Stroman posted some solid numbers going 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA and a 111/28 K/BB ratio that included a good number of 7.6 K/9 in 130.2 innings (20 starts, 6 relief appearances).
This start in New York will no doubt be a fantastic test for Stroman who was supposed to be out for the season. He is being thrown into the middle of a pennant race that is sure to be close down the stretch and has been heating up as of late.