Stroman (finger) will probably not pitch again this season, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Stroman was able to make just one short start in early September after missing a pair of starts due to a blister. The blister limited him to just 1.2 innings in his first start back, and with the Blue Jays firmly out of the playoff race, it appears that they'll choose to shut him down and look ahead to 2019. The 27-year-old will wind up with an ugly 5.54 ERA in a season in which he was limited by multiple injuries to just 19 starts. His underlying numbers give him a 3.91 FIP, however -- a near match for the 3.90 FIP he posted last season.
Manager John Gibbons said Wednesday that Stroman (finger) will not take the hill against Cleveland on Sunday and may not return again this season, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Gibbons stated that the club has yet to determine the course of action for Stroman at this point in time, but things aren't looking positive for the right-hander after he aggravated a blister on his pitching hand during Monday's outing. Prior to that start, Stroman was on the DL for a few weeks due to the blister issue, and the organization isn't going to put him back in harms way with the Blue Jays out of postseason contention. In his absence, Thomas Pannone will likely toe the rubber Sunday.
Stroman (4-9) allowed four runs on six hits while striking out one over 1.2 innings as he took the loss Monday against Tampa Bay. After the game, manager John Gibbons stated Stroman's blister is "clearly affecting him," Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Stroman was lit up in his first game back since landing on the disabled list Aug. 19, and he was yanked after recording just five outs on 49 pitches. A blister on Stroman's throwing hand caused him to miss time on the shelf last month, and it appears the same issue is still bothering him. Although the 27-year-old wants to keep pitching through the injury, Gibbons is advising a cautious approach to the final month of the season, per Nicholson-Smith. If Stroman manages to make his next start, he'd be slated to take the hill this weekend against Cleveland.
Stroman (finger) will be activated from the 10-day disabled list to start Monday's game against the Rays. Expect the Blue Jays to make Stroman's reinstatement official a few hours prior to the 7:07 p.m. EDT opening pitch. Stroman has been on the shelf for a little over two weeks due to a recurrence of a blister on his right middle finger, but he was cleared to rejoin the rotation after completing a bullpen session over the weekend without incident. Prior to hitting the shelf with his latest setback, Stroman was sidelined with shoulder fatigue earlier in the summer, resulting in a six-week absence.
Stroman (finger) threw a bullpen session Saturday and manager John Gibbons indicated there was a "really good chance" he'll start Monday against the Rays, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports. Stroman, who landed on the disabled list Aug. 19 with a nagging blister issue, is currently on track to return to the starting rotation Monday. The 27-year-old has been dealing with the blister for much of the season, which could help explain his 5.27 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in what amounts to the worst statistical season of his major-league career.