Wednesday night the Blue Jays will welcome back Ross Stripling to the starting rotation after a brief stint on the injured list followed by a rehab assignment with the Buffalo Bisons.
You would be hard pressed to find a fan at the start of the season that would have been concerned over losing Stripling for 15 days in the middle of August, but he has become far more impactful in the starting rotation in 2022. Stripling jumped into the rotation on June 6 and had made ten starts since that time where he has posted a 4-2 record, while the team has won 7 of the 10 games. He has held batters to a .260 OBP and a .592 OPS, while posting a 2.49 ERA. In those ten starts, Stripling has allowed more than two runs just once and provided three quality starts.
Stripling last appeared on July 30 where he pitched into the fifth inning allowing just two runs in a game the Blue Jays would end up winning. However, he was placed on the injured list with a right glute/hip strain on August 3 and at the time of writing the Blue Jays have lost 7 of the 10 games since, so the club is hoping his return will help jolt the team back into their winning ways.
The Blue Jays are currently 3-7 since Ross Stripling landed on the injured list so his scheduled return on Wednesday should help lift the club.
The Blue Jays sent Stripling on a rehab start with the Buffalo Bisons this past Friday and he looked just as good as he was before his injury. He tossed three scoreless innings, needing only 67 pitches to get through his outing while surrendering just three singles, picking up his first minor league win since 2017.
At the current time, Stripling is scheduled to start against the Baltimore Orioles in the series finale on Wednesday against Austin Voth in an afternoon game.
Stripling is currently in his last year of team control and becomes a free agent at the conclusion of the season, which it looks as though he is putting himself up for a nice pay raise over the current $3.8 Million contract he is under.