Marcus Stroman injury update: Blue Jays ace may not be ready for opening day

Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman (Getty Pictures)

Irritation in Marcus Stroman’s throwing shoulder will delay his spring debut at Blue Jays camp, the staff introduced Tuesday, and the pitcher indicated he may not be ready for opening day.

Stroman, 26, underwent an MRI on Sunday that exposed the irritation.

“It’s simply been a bit tender,” Blue Jays supervisor John Gibbons stated (by way of “It’s actually nothing out of the norm for most guys. However he’s by no means had it, that I can keep in mind. So, it’s simply a type of issues. Again him off, eliminate it, and he ought to be high quality.”

Stroman informed reporters he first felt discomfort in his shoulder in January however tried to work his means via it. Nonetheless, he insisted the MRI was “tremendous clear” and he is “not barely frightened about it.”

Stroman went thirteen-9 with a three.09 ERA in 2017 and has thrown greater than 200 innings every of the final two years. Whereas he was nice final yr, he is only one yr faraway from a profession-worst four.37 ERA.