Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman receives promising prognosis after scare

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 02: Marcus Stroman
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 02: Marcus Stroman /

The Toronto Blue Jays and pitcher Marcus Stroman avoided what initially appeared to be a season ending injury after the hurler took a scorching line drive off his pitching arm courtesy of Baltimore Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo.

The incident occurred in the 2nd inning of last nights contest at Camden Yards as Mark Trumbo annihilated a Marcus Stroman offering back up the box toward the hurler. The ball connected on Stroman’s pitching elbow as he crumbled to the ground in obvious discomfort. Initially, it appeared his arm was broken or fracture as a result of the 107.5 mph comebacker.

After a few minutes Stroman was able to gather himself and in true Stroman fashion pleaded his case to remain in the game much to the chagrin of interim manager Demarlo Hale. Stroman received a precautionary x-ray that confirmed no breaks or fractures just a contusion and swelling on the hurler’s right elbow.

Stroman spoke to the media following the contest and advised it felt like his arm exploded when he was struck but reiterated that he was fine and should be able to make his next start on Friday or perhaps even sooner seeing who only threw 30 pitches last night.

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Stroman has been the Blue Jays most consistent starter all season as he boasts an 11-6 record with an impressive 3.08 earned run average in 28 starts this season. The 26-year old has been one of the few Jays starters to avoid the disabled list this year as Aaron Sanchez, J.A. Happ and Francisco Liriano have all spent time sidelined with injuries this season. The Jays have already used 14 different starters this season and can ill afford to be without Stroman.

The Blue Jays appear to have dodged a huge bullet or as Stroman put a missile as the hurler appears to be essentially unscathed by the scary incident that nearly ended his season.

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