After missing time with the Toronto Blue Jays due to shoulder fatigue, Marcus Stroman will attempt to find some success in his game, win his first start of the season and keep things on track for the Blue Jays who recently swept the Washington Nationals, lost the first game of their series opener against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday but won again Wednesday to go 4-1 in their last five games. As was announced by Jays' Manager John Gibbons before Wednesday's win, the 27-year-old pitcher will get the nod in the third of four games against the Los Angeles Angels.
Marcus Stroman will start for #BlueJays Saturday per John Gibbons— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) June 20, 2018
Three games after a loss to the Seattle Mariners, the Jays starter was shut down. Stroman hasn't played since May 8, 2018, but on June 18, 2018, he posted on Twitter, "I’m back. Next start in the big leagues with the squad. Shout to everyone who helped throughout the process! #HDMH @BlueJays," He added, in a follow-up tweet, "Sometimes you need to reset. Whether it be physically, mentally, or emotionally. Life can be overwhelming. Trust your heart and calm your mind!" Fans hope this is true and the club will welcome his return despite the fact he's struggled this season posting a 0-5 record with a 7.71 earned run average over seven starts.
A reset and a new frame of mind might be exactly what Stroman needs. The rest and time away can only do him good.
Stroman was scheduled to start Monday night for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, but the game was postponed by rain. Thus, his final rehab game never happened before being sent back to the big club.
In other injury-related Blue Jays news, Gibbons said injured third baseman Josh Donaldson returned home for a funeral on Wednesday and will head to Dunedin afterward to continue rehabbing his left calf tightness. The club has not announced a date nor a timetable for his return.