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6 Marcus Stroman SP
Height/Weight: 5-9/185 | Birthdate: 5/1/1991 | Birthplace: Medford, NY | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 26/1 | Average Draft Position: 155.67
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Blue Jays P Marcus Stroman stretching out despite bullpen plans


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:12 pm ET) A few weeks is going to have to be better than nothing for Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman in 2015. A torn ACL has prevented him from gracing a big league mound all season, but he is at least scheduled to begin a rehab assignment for Class A Lansing on Sept. 2.

Stroman will throw about 40 pitches in a simulated game Friday. He will then throw around 55 for Lansing and 70-75 for Triple-A Buffalo in his next start.

The 24-year-old right-hander is being stretched out, but is more likely to join the bullpen when he returns to Toronto, according to mlb.com. General manager Alex Anthopoulos explained that reasoning.

"It's always easier to shorten somebody up, so at any point in time, if we say, 'He has that one outing and we want to put him in the bullpen as a two-inning guy, we can do that," Anthopoulos said. "Right now he's being stretched out to start because at least it gives us more options, more flexibility."


Blue Jays' Stroman ready to face live hitters after third bullpen session


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman felt good after throwing his third bullpen session Monday since tearing his ACL in the spring, according to Sportsnet. He will face live hitters Friday, but there is no word yet on when he will start a rehab assignment.

Blue Jays' Gibbons says Marcus Stroman might pitch in September


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said pitcher Marcus Stroman's mound session Tuesday went well, per Sportsnet.ca.

Gibbons was so encouraged that he isn't ruling out a return this season for Stroman, who was expected to miss the 2015 season due to a torn ACL.

"You wouldn't see him before September, but you might see him in September," Gibbons said.


Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman cleared to begin throwing program


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman is scheduled to throw off a mound Tuesday, reports MLB.com.

Stroman has not pitched this season due to a torn ACL in his knee. If he continues to progress, he could begin his rehab assignment later this month.


Blue Jays' Stroman to throw off mound; might be 'pen option in Sept.


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman, who has been sidelined all season due to a torn ACL, will throw off the mound next Wednesday for the first time since getting hurt during spring training, manager John Gibbons told reporters.

Gibbons didn't assure Stroman would be back this season, but if he is available to pitch in September, it will be out of the bullpen.


Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman still wants to pitch in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman, who is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in spring training, is still hoping to pitch this season. Although, he is expected to miss the entire 2015 campaign.

"That’s in my mindset," he said, per Sportsnet.ca. "Every day I wake up it’s obviously to be back pitching this year in Toronto. That’s my mindset, that’s what I pride myself on and that’s what’s in the back of my mind, doing everything that I’m doing. We’ll see what happens, I can’t come out and give you a for sure answer, but the way I’m progressing, I’m throwing already and I feel great, so we’ll see what happens."


Blue Jays P Marcus Stroman is going back to school


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman likes to keep himself busy. 

As if rehabbing a torn ACL wasn't going to take up enough time, Stroman has decided to head back to Duke to work on finishing his degree. On May 4, he'll return to campus to rehab his knee and further his studies. 

"My parents pushed me from a very early age to make sure that it was all academics first," Stroman said, via MLB.com. "I was a kid who wasn't allowed out if I wasn't going to work, or I was the kid studying when everyone else was partying. That's something I always try to preach to everyone I'm around, even high school students now, I always try to gear them towards college."

Stroman played three seasons from 2010-2012 with the Blue Devils before entering the draft. The Blue Jays selected him with the 22nd overall pick, giving Duke its first-ever first-round pick in school history.

Stroman tore his ACL during spring training and decided to go back to Duke shortly after. He said he feels ahead of schedule in his recovery right now. 

Stroman went 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA last season. 


Blue Jays' Stroman optimistic as recovery from surgery going well


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman is targeting a late-season return, even though it is unlikely he will play this season after suffering a torn ACL in March.

“I know they’re saying I’m going to be out the whole year, but I still have hope. My thought process is I’m going to be ready for September,” Stroman said, per Sportsnet.ca. “I’m not going to rush it. I would never come back prematurely. I’m going to make sure I’m absolutely 100 percent when I come back. But I want to be back on the mound in September. That’s what I’m working towards.”

Stroman is no longer on crutches. He is walking and performing leg lifts in a pool. He has worked out on a stationary bike, as well as complete a series of body weight squats and lunges.

“I’m ahead of schedule. It’s coming along pretty quick,” Stroman said. “There’s still some pain now and then. But it’s part of the process. I’m not scared to push it. I’m not gonna push it over the limit, but I’m gonna push it to the limit.”


Miguel Castro, Roberto Osuna, Devon Travis make Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Blue Jays finalized their opening day roster, adding three players to their 40-man, in order to break camp with them on the team.

Non-roster invitees who made the team are: RHP Miguel Castro, who went 0-1 with a 2.19 ERA, RHP Roberto Osuna, who was 2-0, 2.19, and infielder Devon Travis, who hit .359.

To make room, the Jays placed pitcher Marcus Stroman on the 60-day disabled list and designated pitcher Juan Pablo Oramas for assignment.

Outfielder Michael Saunders (knee) and infielder Maicer Izturis (groin) were placed on the 15-day DL.


Blue Jays P Marcus Stroman had successful surgery on ACL


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) The Blue Jays announced that pitcher Marcus Stroman had successful surgery to repair his torn ACL on Thursday. 

Stroman, 23, will still miss the 2015 season while recovering from the injury. The right-hander pitched in two games during spring training prior to getting hurt.


Blue Jays still looking for lefty for bullpen


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) The Blue Jays are looking for another lefthander for their bullpen, as Marcus Stroman's season-ending injury has created a ripple effect throughout the pitching staff.

Stroman's vacancy in the starting rotation will be filled by Aaron Sanchez, who was expected to share closing duties with Brett Cecil

That means Cecil can't help with relief in the middle innings, as was the original plan when he was slated as a co-closer. Manager John Gibbons told MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm that it would be "ideal" to find another southpaw to help with the mid-innings.

Jeff Francis , signed by the team during the offseason, is a candidate. The 33-year-old posted a 5.85 ERA over 20 innings with three teams last year.

"He's a different type pitcher now, but I could see a place on this team for him. ... He's going to come out and throw strikes, and that's so valuable coming out of the bullpen," Gibbons said. "You don't want to bring in guys trying to find the strike zone. He can be tough on lefties, but he can also get righties out. I think, too, coming out of the bullpen in that role, that can extend his career another four or five years. He's a great competitor."

Colt Hynes, who went 1-4 with a 3.67 for two Triple-A teams last year, is also a candidate for the spot. 


Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman out for season with torn ACL


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) The Blue Jays announced Tuesday that pitcher Marcus Stroman will miss the entire 2015 season after suffering a torn ACL.

Stroman suffered the knee injury during a bunt drill Tuesday, Sportsnet reports. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said that the pitcher was "crushed" by the diagnosis. Anthopoulos also indicated that the team is expected to fill the vacant rotation spot internally. Aaron Sanchez, Daniel Norris and Marco Estrada, who were battling for the final spot in the team's rotation, will likely have the chance to win two spots. It's possible Johan Santana could factor into the team's rotation plans once he's ready for regular-season action.

Stroman will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, MLB.com reports.


Blue Jays' Stroman hasn't allowed an earned run in two spring starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman was on the hill for the second time this spring Monday against the Astros. He threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks.

Stroman hit one batter and struck out three. He has allowed one unearned run in 4 1/3 innings, while striking out four.

Monday marked the first time this spring Stroman worked with catcher Russell Martin in a game.

"I'm trying to get to learn him as much as possible and he's trying to learn me," Stroman said, per MLB.com. "It's not an easy process, I throw a pretty good amount of pitches, so getting on the same page is going to take a bit of time.

"It was pretty good for the first time, him catching me in a game. We were pretty much on the same page and just looking forward to developing that relationship and getting to the point where we're in sync with each other."


Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman developing sinker this spring


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman is hoping to have a better spring this year after struggling in 2014, reports MLB.com.

"I struggled all last spring, I wanted to make the team so bad," Stroman said following his debut during the Blue Jays' 4-1 win over the Pirates on Wednesday. "I feel a lot different. I feel much more relaxed, I'm focused. I know what I have to do rather than doing everything in my power to go out there and try to make the team, doing more than I had to. So I'm relaxed, I'm motivated, I'm ready to go. I'm excited for this year."

Stroman heads into the 2015 campaign looking to add another pitch, a sinker.

"I've always wanted a sinker," Stroman said. "If you can have a sinker, all hitters say that's one of the hardest pitches to hit when it's located. So it was not that I needed another pitch to make an adjustment, it was more so that I saw it as a weapon I never had that I wanted to add to my arsenal."


Marcus Stroman picks up long save Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman picked up a four inning save Friday against the Orioles.

Stroman came on in relief of Drew Hutchison, and was able to toss an extended outing. Stroman allowed one hit over four scoreless innings. He struck out four and did not issue any walks. It was Stroman's first save of the season. 


Blue Jays set rotation plans, send Marcus Stroman to bullpen


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) The Blue Jays have named Daniel Norris the starter for Thursday's game against the Orioles, with Marcus Stroman being sent to the bullpen upon his return from suspension, MLB.com reports.

Marcus Stroman serving reduced suspension


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) MLB.com reports that Marcus Stroman dropped his appeal of a suspension for throwing near the head of Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph in a Sept. 15 start. The suspension was reduced from six games to five games, and he began serving it on Sunday.

Stroman will miss his next scheduled start on Thursday against the Mariners, but he will be able to start one of the games in the Blue Jays' weekend series against the Orioles.


Marcus Stroman wins one Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman turned in a strong start Saturday against the Yankees.

Stroman allowed two runs on eight hits over six innings. He struck out seven and did not allow any walks during the outing. Stroman gave up his only two runs in the third and fourth innings. Two straight singles plated a run in the third, while three singles drove in the other run in the fourth. Stroman managed to settle in over his last two innings, not giving up another run. Stroman threw 107 pitches during the outing.

Stroman improved to 11-6. He’ll take on the Mariners in his next start. 


Marcus Stroman suspended six games, will appeal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman has been suspended six games following his actions during his most recent start, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Stroman threw near the head of Caleb Joseph during the contest. There were reports Tuesday that Major League Baseball would not suspend Stroman for throwing at Joseph, but the league changed course Wednesday. Stroman has already said he'll appeal the suspension, and could make his next start depending on how soon his appeal is heard. 


Marcus Stroman takes a step back Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman took a step back in a loss to the Orioles in Baltimore, dropping to 10-6 on the year. He allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out three over six innings of a 5-2 defeat.

Stroman has allowed five earned runs in three of his last six starts. He owns a 3.80 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 120 2/3 innings of work. He will make his next start Saturday against the Yankees.

Blue Jays switch Marcus Stroman, Mark Buehrle in rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) The Blue Jays announced some changes to the starting rotation, according to Sportsnet.ca on Saturday. The team will switch Marcus Stroman and Mark Buehrle in the rotation. Buehrle will start Sunday against the Rays, while Stroman will take the mound Monday against the Orioles.

Marcus Stroman twirls three-hit shutout vs. Cubs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman twirled a three-hit shutout on Monday against the Cubs, improving to 10-5 on the season. He struck out eight and did not issue a walk over nine dominant innings of work to secure an 8-0 victory.

Over his last three starts covering 22 2/3 innings, Stroman has allowed three earned runs. He owns a 3.53 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 114 2/3 innings. His next start will come Sunday at home against Tampa Bay.

Marcus Stroman turns in solid start Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman turned in a nice start Wednesday against the Rays.

Stroman allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked one during the outing. Stroman was excellent early, tossing five scoreless innings to open the game. He gave up his only two runs in the sixth inning. With two men on base in the inning, Stroman gave up an RBI single. Another single drove in the second run. He was able to get out of the inning without giving up any additional runs. 

With the win, Stroman improved to 9-5. He’ll take on the Cubs in his next start.


Marcus Stroman wins one Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:50 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman turned in an excellent start Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Stroman allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one during the outing. Stroman was fantastic early, tossing five scoreless frames to begin the game. He didn’t give up his first hit until the fourth inning, when David Ortiz managed to knock a single. Stroman did manage to get himself in trouble in the sixth inning. With one out, David Ross managed to reach on a fielding error. Stroman lost his composure briefly, giving up three straight singles to tie the game. He then threw a wild pitch, which scored another run. 

The Blue Jays were able to mount a comeback in the seventh, putting Stroman in position for the win. He improved to 8-5. He’ll take on the Rays in his next start. 


Marcus Stroman running out of steam?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/26/2014) Between Fantasy Baseball Today and the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, we've covered this topic thoroughly already, but for those who stick to the player updates, it's true: Marcus Stroman may be running out of gas.

Or steam, depending on your preferred method of propulsion. He's given up five earned runs in three of his last four starts. Prior to that, he had a 2.12 ERA in 11 starts. I, for one, am still mesmerized by his talent, but the body has its limits. Stroman's have kicked in at around 120 innings.

Well, what did you expect? He's never gone there before. And while a 30-to-40-inning increase is to be expected for a young pitcher in the early years of his career, those last few innings can be a bumpy ride.

You can read more about it and hear what CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has to say on the matter by clicking here, but understand I'm not advising anyone to drop Stroman. He probably has another four starts in him, and he's a good enough pitcher to fight through the fatigue and reverse the momentum before his season ends. With each bad start, though, he has fewer to regain your trust. The countdown is on.