Stroman may cut season short as blister issues persist

TORONTO (AP) Marcus Stroman doesn't like the idea of his season being cut short. Lingering blister issues might leave the Blue Jays right-hander no choice.

Stroman got roughed up early in his return from the disabled list, and manager John Gibbons said after a 7-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays that Toronto might have to shut Stroman down early.

Making his first start since Aug. 17, Stroman (4-9) allowed four runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings. It was Stroman's shortest start since Aug. 15, 2014, his rookie season, when he got only two outs against the Chicago White Sox.

Stroman left a start Aug. 7 against Boston because of a blister on his middle finger, then was forced out early against the Rays on Aug. 12 and at New York five days later. He is winless in five starts.

''There's no doubt it's still bothering him,'' Gibbons said, adding the Blue Jays aren't likely to push Stroman until the end of September if his finger doesn't improve.

''That's probably what's going to happen,'' Gibbons said. ''We'll have to see, I don't know yet.''

Stroman declined to specifically address the blister, blaming his poor outing on a lack of feel for the ball. The competitive Stroman also made it clear he's not interested in missing the final month of a frustrating season.

''I don't like sitting,'' Stroman said. ''I only get to go out there one every five days to begin with. Being out there every fifth day is a priority. I hate being on the DL. I hate watching. I hate not being out there. It frustrates me, it kills me inside. I'm going to do everything in my power to be out there.''

Rays outfielder Mallex Smith said he hadn't forgotten about Stroman holding Tampa Bay to one run over five innings on Aug. 12, and enjoyed turning the tables on the Toronto righty.

''Definitely,'' Smith said. ''You come in with that mindset, `I'm going to get him back,' and we did.''

Kevin Kiermaier returned after missing Sunday's game because of a sore back and had three hits and an RBI, coming within a home run of the cycle. Joey Wendle had three hits, Matt Duffy had two hits and two RBIs, and Tommy Pham reached base three times for the Rays, who are 11 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season.

''We have a lot of guys clicking on all cylinders at the plate right now,'' Kiermaier said.

Tampa Bay won its third straight and fourth of six following an eight-game winning streak that ended Aug. 28.

Ji-Man Choi homered for Tampa Bay off Taylor Guerrieri in the seventh, a second-deck drive to right. The drive was Choi's sixth, three of which have come against Toronto.

Ryan Stanek opened for the Rays and left after a perfect first inning. Yonny Chirinos (3-5) followed with seven innings of relief, allowing one run and four hits. Jaime Schultz pitched the ninth.

Rays catcher Nick Ciuffo was selected from Triple-A Durham and made his major league debut, batting ninth. To make room on the 40-man roster, Tampa Bay put catcher Adam Moore on the restricted list, citing `improper documentation' with his passport. He could still join the Rays in Toronto before the three-game series concludes.

ROTTEN AGAINST THE RAYS

Toronto is 2-8 against Tampa Bay this season. The Blue Jays are batting .175 (53 for 303) in those games, their lowest average against any opponent.

NO REUNION

The Blue Jays won't be seeing former 3B Josh Donaldson when the Indians come to Toronto for a four-game series that begins Thursday. Cleveland put Donaldson (left calf) on the 10-day DL Monday. Donaldson was traded to the Indians on Friday for a player to be named later.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: Smith was activated off the 10-day DL after missing eight games because of a viral infection that led to a brief hospital stay. ... RHP Jake Faria will likely be activated Tuesday.

Blue Jays: RHP Mark Leiter Jr., who was claimed off waivers from Philadelphia on Saturday, reported to the Blue Jays on Monday and pitched the ninth. Leiter became Toronto's 35th pitcher of the season, a franchise record. Toronto used 34 pitchers in 2012. ... INF Yangervis Solarte (strained right oblique) took batting practice Monday for the first time since his injury. Solarte has been out since Aug. 11.

UP NEXT

Stanek will open for the Rays again Tuesday, while the Blue Jays will counter with rookie LHP Ryan Borucki. Over his past three starts, Borucki has a 10.03 ERA.

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  • W: Y. Chirinos (3-5)L: M. Stroman (4-9)
  • HR: TB - J. Choi (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Smith RF51110030.306.375.430.8051.5
M. Duffy 3B41220010.299.356.375.7315.5
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J. Choi DH51111002.270.346.489.8356.0
T. Pham LF21110100.255.341.411.7524.0
J. Wendle SS-3B41300000.302.350.432.7825.0
B. Lowe 2B40000015.246.361.443.804-0.5
K. Kiermaier CF41310000.206.268.336.6048.0
J. Bauers 1B40000023.197.314.382.696-1.0
N. Ciuffo C41000023.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-fouled out for Duffy in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. McKinney RF40100020.360.441.6401.0810.0
L. Gurriel 2B40000001.285.305.430.7350.0
J. Smoak 1B40000010.248.355.472.827-0.5
K. Pillar CF30100110.251.280.414.6941.5
A. Diaz SS31100101.251.286.437.7233.0
R. Martin 3B20000112.194.338.325.6630.5
T. Hernandez LF30110001.242.303.473.7762.0
D. Jansen DH20000102.293.388.488.8761.0
L. Maile C30000013.241.326.366.692-0.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Duffy (20), J. Wendle (22), K. Kiermaier (10)
    • 3B - K. Kiermaier (7)
    • HR - J. Choi (6)
    • RBI - M. Smith (32), M. Duffy 2 (39), J. Choi (18), T. Pham (50), K. Kiermaier (22)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Pham (13)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Lowe 2 (2), N. Ciuffo 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • RBI - T. Hernandez (50)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Diaz, T. Hernandez, L. Maile 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - T. Pham (7)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Wendle-Lowe-Bauers; Wendle-Lowe-Bauers; Wendle-Lowe-Bauers)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Diaz-Gurriel-Smoak)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Stanek1.00000102.721.053.5
    Y. Chirinos (W, 3-5)7.04113503.761.2525.5
    J. Schultz1.00001004.351.112.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Stanek1.0
    Y. Chirinos (W, 3-5)7.0
    J. Schultz1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Stroman (L, 4-9)1.26440105.541.48-11.5
    J. Fernandez2.12110202.700.604.0
    D. Barnes0.01111005.661.77-3.0
    T. Mayza2.00000104.231.416.5
    T. Guerrieri1.01110113.000.671.5
    T. Clippard1.01000303.821.143.5
    M. Leiter1.00000105.091.703.5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 16-11, Y. Chirinos 72-42, J. Schultz 10-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 1-1, Y. Chirinos 9-4, J. Schultz 2-1
    • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 3, Y. Chirinos 25, J. Schultz 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Mayza
    • HBP - M. Stroman (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 49-31, J. Fernandez 29-24, D. Barnes 8-4, T. Mayza 23-14, T. Guerrieri 13-9, T. Clippard 18-14, M. Leiter 16-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 4-1, J. Fernandez 1-3, T. Mayza 4-0, T. Guerrieri 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 13, J. Fernandez 8, D. Barnes 2, T. Mayza 5, T. Guerrieri 4, T. Clippard 4, M. Leiter 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Smith RF51110030.306.375.430.8051.5
    M. Duffy 3B41220010.299.356.375.7315.5
    a- A. Velazquez PH-SS10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Choi DH51111002.270.346.489.8356.0
    T. Pham LF21110100.255.341.411.7524.0
    J. Wendle SS-3B41300000.302.350.432.7825.0
    B. Lowe 2B40000015.246.361.443.804-0.5
    K. Kiermaier CF41310000.206.268.336.6048.0
    J. Bauers 1B40000023.197.314.382.696-1.0
    N. Ciuffo C41000023.000.000.000.0000.0
    Total37711611913-----
    HITTERSAB
    M. Smith RF5
    M. Duffy 3B4
    a- A. Velazquez PH-SS1
    J. Choi DH5
    T. Pham LF2
    J. Wendle SS-3B4
    B. Lowe 2B4
    K. Kiermaier CF4
    J. Bauers 1B4
    N. Ciuffo C4
    Total37
    • a-fouled out for Duffy in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. McKinney RF40100020.360.441.6401.0810.0
    L. Gurriel 2B40000001.285.305.430.7350.0
    J. Smoak 1B40000010.248.355.472.827-0.5
    K. Pillar CF30100110.251.280.414.6941.5
    A. Diaz SS31100101.251.286.437.7233.0
    R. Martin 3B20000112.194.338.325.6630.5
    T. Hernandez LF30110001.242.303.473.7762.0
    D. Jansen DH20000102.293.388.488.8761.0
    L. Maile C30000013.241.326.366.692-0.5
    Total2814104610-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Duffy (20), J. Wendle (22), K. Kiermaier (10)
      • 3B - K. Kiermaier (7)
      • HR - J. Choi (6)
      • RBI - M. Smith (32), M. Duffy 2 (39), J. Choi (18), T. Pham (50), K. Kiermaier (22)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Pham (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Lowe 2 (2), N. Ciuffo 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • RBI - T. Hernandez (50)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Diaz, T. Hernandez, L. Maile 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - T. Pham (7)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Wendle-Lowe-Bauers; Wendle-Lowe-Bauers; Wendle-Lowe-Bauers)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Diaz-Gurriel-Smoak)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Stanek1.00000102.721.053.5
      Y. Chirinos (W, 3-5)7.04113503.761.2525.5
      J. Schultz1.00001004.351.112.0
      Total9.0411460---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Stanek1.0
      Y. Chirinos (W, 3-5)7.0
      J. Schultz1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman (L, 4-9)1.26440105.541.48-11.5
      J. Fernandez2.12110202.700.604.0
      D. Barnes0.01111005.661.77-3.0
      T. Mayza2.00000104.231.416.5
      T. Guerrieri1.01110113.000.671.5
      T. Clippard1.01000303.821.143.5
      M. Leiter1.00000105.091.703.5
      Total9.01177191---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman (L, 4-9)1.2
      J. Fernandez2.1
      D. Barnes0.0
      T. Mayza2.0
      T. Guerrieri1.0
      T. Clippard1.0
      M. Leiter1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 16-11, Y. Chirinos 72-42, J. Schultz 10-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 1-1, Y. Chirinos 9-4, J. Schultz 2-1
      • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 3, Y. Chirinos 25, J. Schultz 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Mayza
      • HBP - M. Stroman (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 49-31, J. Fernandez 29-24, D. Barnes 8-4, T. Mayza 23-14, T. Guerrieri 13-9, T. Clippard 18-14, M. Leiter 16-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 4-1, J. Fernandez 1-3, T. Mayza 4-0, T. Guerrieri 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 13, J. Fernandez 8, D. Barnes 2, T. Mayza 5, T. Guerrieri 4, T. Clippard 4, M. Leiter 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Choi homered to right center71
      • 5TH INNING
        Pham scored on wild pitch61
      • 3RD INNING
        Kiermaier singled to center, Wendle scored51
      • 2ND INNING
        Hernandez singled to center, Diaz scored, Martin to third41
        Duffy doubled to left center, Ciuffo and Smith scored40
        Smith reached on an infield single to second, Kiermaier scored, Ciuffo to second20
      • 1ST INNING
        Pham singled to center, Duffy scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Mark Leiter relieved Tyler Clippard
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
        • Andrew Velazquez hit for Matt Duffy
        • A. Velazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Velazquez fouled out to right
        • J. Choi: Ball, Strike swinging, Choi fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jaime Schultz relieved Yonny Chirinos
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel flied out to deep right
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to pitcher
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pillar walked
        • A. Diaz: Diaz grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Tyler Clippard relieved Taylor Guerrieri
        • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Kiermaier doubled to right
        • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
        • N. Ciuffo: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ciuffo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
        • D. Jansen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Jansen grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Maile: Maile grounded out to third
        • B. McKinney: Ball, Strike looking, McKinney grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Taylor Guerrieri relieved Tim Mayza
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duffy struck out swinging
        • J. Choi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Choi homered to right center
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Wendle: Foul, Wendle grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Pillar singled to left
        • A. Diaz: Diaz singled to right, Pillar to second
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Martin grounded out to second, Pillar to third, Diaz out at second
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • T. Mayza Pitching:
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bauers grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Ciuffo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ciuffo grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
        • B. McKinney: Ball, McKinney singled to right center
        • L. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to second, McKinney out at second
        • J. Smoak: Smoak grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Danny Barnes relieved Jose Fernandez
        • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Wendle singled to right center, Pham to second
        • Tim Mayza relieved Danny Barnes
        • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lowe grounded out to second, Pham to third, Wendle out at second
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Pham scored on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Kiermaier grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to third
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jansen walked
        • L. Maile: Maile grounded out to second, Jansen out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Fernandez Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Strike looking, Duffy lined out to third
        • J. Choi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Choi flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar lined out to shortstop
        • A. Diaz: Diaz flied out to right
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Fernandez Pitching:
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Wendle doubled to right center
        • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Foul, Lowe popped out to shortstop
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Kiermaier singled to center, Wendle scored
        • J. Bauers: Strike swinging, Bauers grounded out to second, Kiermaier to second
        • N. Ciuffo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ciuffo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Chirinos Pitching:
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McKinney struck out swinging
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel grounded out to third
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Foul, Kiermaier tripled to deep right
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
        • N. Ciuffo: Strike looking, Ciuffo reached on fielder's choice to first
        • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith reached on an infield single to second, Kiermaier scored, Ciuffo to second
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Duffy doubled to left center, Ciuffo and Smith scored
        • J. Choi: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choi lined out to right
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pham hit by pitch
        • Jose Fernandez relieved Marcus Stroman
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Pham caught stealing second, catcher to first to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Yonny Chirinos relieved Ryne Stanek
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz walked
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martin walked, Diaz to second
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Hernandez singled to center, Diaz scored, Martin to third
        • D. Jansen: Jansen popped out to second
        • L. Maile: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Maile struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Smith grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Duffy: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Duffy singled to right
        • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choi grounded out to pitcher, Duffy to second
        • T. Pham: Pham singled to center, Duffy scored
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Wendle singled to right, Pham to second
        • B. Lowe: Ball, Lowe grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Stanek Pitching:
        • B. McKinney: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McKinney struck out swinging
        • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smoak fouled out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)