Marcus Stroman expected to be OK, will start series finale against Rays

TORONTO — Marcus Stroman will make his scheduled start on Sunday when the Blue Jays wrap-up a three game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The right-hander left his last start against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday with a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand, leaving his availability for Sunday’s game in question.

“He will pitch tomorrow,” said manager John Gibbons prior to Saturday’s game. “Everybody thinks he should be OK. He dealt with it last year (too).”

Stroman was replaced by Ryan Tepera in the eighth inning after the blister began bothering him while he was throwing warm-up pitches. The outing was one of the best of the season from the 27-year-old, who held the American League East-leading Red Sox to just one earned run on two hits over seven innings while striking out four.

Following the game Stroman admitted the blister was felt most prominently when throwing his sinker — his primary pitch.

“He’s got the ability, if it’s bothering him, to go other things a little bit more often,” said Gibbons. “Last year was the first year it really ever happened to him. A big topic was the baseballs… you’ve just got to adapt.”

Stroman is 4-8 with a 5.20 ERA in 16 starts this season. In 11 career starts against the Rays Stroman is 5-4 with a 4.37 ERA.

In addition to Stroman, the club provided injury updates on Josh Donaldson, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Aaron Sanchez and Brandon Drury.

Donaldson, who has been out since May 28 with a calf injury, will begin ramping up the intensity of his workouts in the coming days in preparation for gameplay.

Drury, acquired from the Yankees in the J.A. Happ trade, remains with a cast on his left hand after a CT Scan earlier in the week revealed a fracture at the base of the fifth metacarpal. He will receive follow-up imaging on the injury next week.

Gurriel Jr. continues throwing and hitting with no issues after suffering a left high ankle sprain and a Grade 1 sprain in his left knee last month. According to the team, Gurriel Jr. has started ground ball progression and running progression over the past few days.

Sanchez (right index finger contusion) pitched on Thursday in the Gulf Coast League and is scheduled to throw on Tuesday with Dunedin. The 26-year-old, who has been out of the lineup since June 21, is 3-5 with a 4.52 ERA in 15 starts this season.

Dhiren Mahiban, The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Blood donations needed in Central Alberta: Canadian Blood Services

357 donors are needed before Aug. 26 at the Red Deer clinic

Warkentin seeks UCP nomination

Another nominee for Red Deer North

UPDATED: Red Deer air quality risk rated high

Poor air quality and reduced visibility

WATCH: Annual Family Picnic at Central Spray and Play

Blue Grass Sod Farms Ltd. held the Annual Family Picnic at the… Continue reading

Boy, 11, dies after being struck by payloader on southern Alberta ranch

BOW ISLAND, Alta. — A boy has died after an accident on… Continue reading

Liberals look at creating federal holiday to mark legacy of residential schools

OTTAWA — The federal Liberal government wants to establish a holiday to… Continue reading

Thousands of police officers expected at regimental funeral in Fredericton

FREDERICTON — Thousands of police officers and first responders from across the… Continue reading

B.C. declares state of emergency over wildfires

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government has declared a provincial state of… Continue reading

As service refusals make headlines, experts say businesses usually in the wrong

Two Canadian businesses that recently made headlines for refusing customers have learned… Continue reading

Irregular asylum claims increased in July after two months of decline

OTTAWA — The number of irregular border crossers in Canada went up… Continue reading

Knocking down statues no way to address a troubled history, McKenna says

OTTAWA — The minister responsible for Parks Canada says tearing down statues… Continue reading

Turning on Trump doesn’t buy credibility for black Americans

WASHINGTON — For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump’s side,… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month