Marcus Stroman is ahead of schedule and wants to be back with the club by September, reports Sportsnet's Arden Zwelling, who has been supplying us with a steady flow of fantastic content this spring.
In an interview with Zwelling, Stroman says that, while he won't "push it over the limit", he is working hard on his rehab and would like to aim to be back for the last month of the regular season. After tearing his left knee ACL in fielding practice, he was slated to miss the entire season.
Stroman also discussed his summer school plans at Duke, telling Zwelling that he will be doing an independent research paper on the portrayal of male and female athletes in the media. How can you not love this guy?
Other Blue Jays Links
Blue Jays re-sign Santiago, who will begin season on DL - Bluejays.com
The Blue Jays re-signed the injured Ramon Santiago to a minor league contract, and placed him on the minor league disabled list. Santiago, who broke his collarbone diving for a ball in mid-March, lost a potential $100,000 bonus, but signing back with the team means the Blue Jays will be footing the costs of his rehab.
Toronto Blue Jays released LHP Juan Pablo Oramas - Bluejays.com
According to the team's official transaction page, Toronto released pitcher Juan Pablo Oramas yesterday after designating him for assignment on April 5.
UPDATE: Oramas announced on his Instagram account (while wearing star-studded pants, I should add) that he is headed back to the Diablos Rojos del Mexico, the Mexican League team he pitched for back in 2009. After being designated, he likely requested a release from the Blue Jays in order to pitch in Mexico.
UPDATE 2: Speculations confirmed by the club. Oramas was granted release to play in Mexico.
Pitcher GIF Database - Blue Jays Plus
The guys at Blue Jays Plus--who just joined ESPN's SweetSport Network (congrats!)--have started a couple of GIF databases. The Pitcher GIF Database (link above) will link to a GIF of each pitch that a Blue Jays pitcher throws, while the Dingerz Databaze will link to each home run hit by a Jays batter. GIFs!
Division Preview: AL East - FanGraphs Baseball
FanGraphs posted their annual division preview of the American League East. The Blue Jays "aren't far behind the Red Sox," as long as a few of their young players do well.
10 Things Every Baseball Fan Should Keep In Mind All Year Long - Blue Jays Plus
Greg Wisniewski gives us a list of 10 things to remember about the baseball season. #7 feels especially true.
Jealous of the Blue Jays’ Power - Keefe To The City
Tom did an email interview with Neil Keefe about the Blue Jays' powerful lineup and their slightly less impressive pitching staff.