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Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman heads to the DL

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TORONTO, ON - MAY 8: Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the first inning during MLB game action against the Seattle Mariners at Rogers Centre on May 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 8: Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the first inning during MLB game action against the Seattle Mariners at Rogers Centre on May 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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Right hander Marcus Stroman was placed on the 10-day disabled list this friday afternoon due to right shoulder fatigue.

It has not been a nice run so far this season for a rotation that was expected to carry the team towards success. After a rough outing for JA Happ against the Mariners last night, the Blue Jays rotation took another hit with Marcus Stroman’s trip to the disabled list. The 27 year old didn’t get off to a good start this season after missing a couple of weeks in spring training with, also, an issue in his right shoulder.

The bad start for Stroman was something strange. His 7.71 ERA in seven starts is evidence he has not been right. It got to a point where a potential injury or some discomfort in his throwing arm was something people were starting to suppose. Turns out it was a reality.

In the same announcement, the Blue Jays announced that they’ve called up right handers Joe Biagini and Sam Gaviglio. They’ve also optioned left hander Tim Mayza to the Triple-A Bisons. Biagini will most probably start while Marcus Stroman recovers. While on the other hand, Sam Gaviglio will pitch out from a bullpen that has been overused lately, which is the reason why Mayza is heading back to triple-A as the bullpen needs some fresh arms.

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Biagini has pitched to a 4.57 ERA in four starts for the Triple-A Bisons with a losing record of 0-3. Sam Gaviglio, a 27 year old starter who was acquired from the Royals for cash considerations on March 18th who made his MLB debut in 2017, has enjoyed success with the Bisons this season pitching to a brilliant 1.86 ERA in five starts. Those excellent numbers could give Gaviglio a shot at starting, although it is unlikely as Biagini is the 6th starter for the Blue Jays and has already made two spot starts this season for the Jays.

Marcus Stroman joins Randal Grichuk (Right knee sprain), Steve Pearce (Oblique strain) and Aledmys Diaz (Left ankle sprain) as the current Blue Jays on the 10-day disabled list.

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