Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman left last night’s contest after the third inning versus the New York Yankees with an apparent injury.
Marcus Stroman was not sharp in his three innings of work and appeared to be laboring to finish off batters attempting to make the best of a start where the hurler clearly did not have his best stuff.
Stroman left the contest after surrendering 5 runs on 6 hits including a 3-run blast off the bat of Matt Holliday in his 3 innings of work. As Stroman departed the dugout he and manager John Gibbons had a conversation which we now know was injury not performance related.
The injury was first reported to be arm-pit related but post-game Stroman chalked it up to general arm tightness and stated he had trouble getting loose. Stroman was not sure if weather played a factor in the tightness. According to the boxscore for the contest, it was 59 degrees and clear for game time in New York last night.
The Blue Jays are already without two-thirds of their starting rotation with injuries to Aaron Sanchez (Blister) and J.A. Happ (Shoulder) and an injury to Stroman would be catastrophic to the Blue Jays season.
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There is no timetable for Happ’s return although he has been throwing and Sanchez needs to wait for the split in his fingernail to heal.
The Jays do not have the starting depth in Buffalo to continuously back-fill injuries in the rotation as was blatantly obvious two games ago when spot starter Mat Latos got shellacked all over the diamond by the Yankees.
The Jays dropped two out of three in the Bronx after winning the first game of the series and now sit in the AL East basement with a disappointing 9-19 record on the season. They will desperately need a healthy “Stro-Show” if thy are going to have any chance at salvaging the 2017 season.