The news that every Blue Jays fan was waiting for finally came out today. John Gibbons confirmed that Marcus Stroman will make his first start of the season on Saturday in New York, taking Mark Buehrle's scheduled spot in the rotation. The veteran left-hander is back in Toronto to receive a cortisone shot in his left shoulder, clearly struggling with some nagging arm soreness.
The start for Stroman will be his first appearance with the Blue Jays since September 26 of last season. As you'll recall, the Duke grad tore his ACL during a fielding exercise in spring training this season and miraculously rehabbed his injury to the point of an early return. It appears as though he will oppose Michael Pineda in a game that will feature a ton of hype, with the contest being televised nationally in the United States.
Buehrle on the other hand will miss a few days due to the cortisone shot and sounds to be on track to pitch Tuesday in Atlanta. The southpaw laboured in his start yesterday afternoon and will have eight days of rest before his next appearance, which comes on the heels of having seven days off before Monday's appearance. It's beginning to look like he may not break the 200 IP mark for the first time since his rookie season in 2000.
Shi Davidi has confirmation of today's news:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">John Gibbons says Mark Buehrle returned to Toronto today for a cortisone shot in his left shoulder. On track to pitch Tuesday in Atlanta</p>— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShiDavidi/status/641350789974265856">September 8, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Only a few more days until Saturday!