Marcus Stroman drops appeal, will serve five-game suspension

Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman has dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension, but also had the suspension trimmed to five games by Major League Baseball, the Associated Press reports.

Stroman, 23, was initially suspended for six games last week by the league after his pitch to Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph:

The Blue Jays were peeved the previous inning when Joseph was blocking the plate and appeared to accidentally step on Jose Reyes' hand.

Stroman is eligible to return to action Friday, coincidentally, against the Orioles. The rookie is 11-6 with a 3.77 ERA (104 ERA+), 1.20 WHIP and 107 strikeouts in 126 2/3 innings this season.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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