Marcus Stroman has a torn ACL in his left knee and is likely out for the 2015 season, Alex Anthopoulos has announced to the media.
That's the news at the moment. We'll add to this as we learn more.
He's done for the season. It happened during pitcher fielding practice during bunt practice. A freak injury.
It opens the door for Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris to maybe make the rotation.
Very bad news.
Stroman walked into camp with the appearance of the happiest guy in camp, and as recently as yesterday was still having a lot of fun, taking this picture with Mark Buehrle.
#PapaBuehrle and his adopted son. Lol pic.twitter.com/tSWxWJ9n3q— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) March 9, 2015
After the freak accident, Stroman was "crushed," according to Anthopoulos. If we as fans feel like we were punched in the chest, can you imagine how a player feels to hear that he won't be able to play for an entire season, a season in which he was supposed to break out?
Here is Stroman's own words:
Beyond devastated. Not being able to compete with my brothers each and every day is extremely disappointing. Still can't believe it.— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) March 10, 2015
Alex Anthopoulos is saying that the team will be looking internally to replace him. The first three mentioned were Aaron Sanchez, Daniel Norris and Marco Estrada
UPDATE: Blame Josh Donaldson
Josh Donaldson called off Stroman during bunt drill. Apparently Stroman's knee buckled when he stopped quickly to back off. #BlueJays #MLB— Scott MacArthur (@TSNScottyMac) March 10, 2015