It appears that Toronto Blue Jays hurler Marcus Stroman will not pitch in this year’s Midsummer Classic in Cleveland due to a lingering pectoral strain.
Marcus Stroman departed his last start on June 29th in the fifth inning due to a cramp on his left side. The injury was deemed a pectoral strain and the Blue Jays pitcher was not expected to miss a start due to the injury.
Fast forward a week and now Stroman has missed a start and it appears his All-Star appearance in also in jeopardy. Even Stroman admitted “It wouldn’t be smart” for him to take part in the Classic. The 28-year old and his family will still be in attendance for the festivities, however, Stroman will not take the bump.
"“That’s up to him, If he feels better, I think it’s an honour that he made the club. If he feels right, that’s also good because it would work as a side and then he can pitch for us. But if he doesn’t feel right, I’m sure he’s not going to pitch in the game.”"
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The timing for the injury is hardly ideal for the Blue Jays who have reportedly been shopping Stroman in hopes of landing a Chris Archer like return for their ace. Last season the Rays obtained a king’s ransom from the Pirates acquiring Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow and Shane Baz. It is difficult to fathom the Jays brain trust pulling of that type of heist for Stroman.
Stroman has been the ace of the staff this season pitching to the tune of a 3.18 earned run average in 18 starts this season. The Jays are lacking in starting pitching depth especially in light of their injuries and the inconsistencies of Aaron Sanchez.