The Toronto Blue Jays would be smart to err on the side of caution and shut down hurler Marcus Stroman for the remainder of the season even if it is not the most popular decision.
There is no questioning Marcus Stroman‘s level of compete and his desire to be on the bump every fifth day however the 27-year old has been battling a nagging blister on his pitching hand that has wreaked havoc in a number of his starts of late.
Stroman was shelved for the second-half of August due to the blister issues that reappeared in his last start on Monday. Manager John Gibbons indicated that Stroman would not get the ball on Sunday for his next start and expressed his desire for the hurler to call it a season.
It would appear the Jays and Stroman will have to come to a mutual decision on his fate in the coming days. The Jays have a plethora of pitchers due to the expanded rosters who can benefit from a September start or two if need be. It is speculated that Thomas Pannone will get the ball on Sunday in place of Stroman.
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The hurler has had a season to forget after a disastrous first half that included a DL stint for shoulder fatigue. Stroman had pitched better of late but still sports an inflated 5.54 earned run average in 19 starts this season, he has also set career highs in H/9 at 10.1 and BB/9 with 3.2.
It would advisable for Stroman to call it a season before doing any further damage to his pitching hand and come back healthy next spring. We do not need another Aaron Sanchez type situation with Stroman over blister issues.
Regardless of his own personal agenda, the Jays should sideline Stroman and let the kids play from here on out.