Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman has mediocre rehab start

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 13: Marcus Stroman
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 13: Marcus Stroman /

Toronto Blue Jays hurler Marcus Stroman was pinned with the loss in a mediocre rehab start for the Jays High-A affiliate in Dunedin yesterday.

Marcus Stroman toed the rubber opposite the Charlotte Stone Crabs and major leaguers Kevin Kiermaier and Adeiny Hechavarria who are also on their own respective rehab assignments for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Stroman surrendered two earned runs over 4.1 innings of work however the 27-year-old did issue four free passes while fanning three Stone Crabs. The only hit Stroman surrendered was a 2-run shot to prospect Jesus Sanchez in the top of the 4th inning. He ended the outing with a 4.15 earned run average while throwing only 34 of his 60 pitches for strikes.

The baby Jays lost the contest 6-5 despite scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. The affiliate sits in the basement of the FSL North division with a 27-36 record on the season.

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The Stro-Show is attempting to overcome shoulder inflammation that has plagued him since spring training. Stroman struggled mightily in his seven major league starts this season going 0-5 while sporting an inflated 7.71 earned run average in 37.1 innings on the bump.

The inconsistencies from the starting rotation are the main contributor for the Blue Jays being 16.5 games behind the first place Yankees in the American League East. Stroman is one of the main cogs that is relied heavily upon in the Jays rotation.

The hurler was hoping to build upon his breakout campaign for a season ago that saw him accumulate a respectable 3.09 earned run average in 33 starts while finishing 8th in AL Cy Young award voting.

While we are on the topic of Dunedin, tonight is Vladimir Guerrero bobblehead day as both father and son will be featured on a bobblehead that will be distributed to the first 1000 fans through the gate tonight in Dunedin. The father/son doll has to be worth the price of admission on its own.

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