Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman left yesterday’s contest in the fifth inning due to a cramp in his left pectoral muscle.
The Blue Jays hurler was in visible discomfort attempting to stretch out the cramp in his left shoulder area during his warm-up pitches prior to the start of the inning. The hurler would exit the game two pitches into the fifth inning after summonsing for the trainer.
Marcus Stroman spoke to the media following the contest stating he fully expects to make his next start in five days. The skipper Charlie Montoyo also concurred that Stroman would not miss any time due to the injury.
"“It was just tight, just a crampy sensation in my left pec that made it hard to pull in my delivery…Just being cautious. I fully expect to be out there in five days.”"
Stroman has been the Jays most consistent starter this season and the subject of numerous trade rumours. The 28-year old sports a 5-9 record with a tidy 3.18 earned run average in 18 starts this season.
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The brain trust was undoubtedly holding their breath when Stroman exited the game as it seems more and more likely he will be moved before the deadline. Obviously, an injury at this point in the season would put a wrench into any possible trade aspirations.
Stroman has gone on record numerous times that he wants to remain with the Blue Jays but that appears to have fallen on deaf ears especially seeing there have been no extension talks with the hurler on the Jays part.
Regardless of the trade implications, the Jays can ill afford to lose another starting pitcher from their rotation. The team has been without Ryan Borucki, Matt Shoemaker, and Clay Buchholz for much of the season forcing the manager to use 12 different starters already this season.