Marcus Stroman has officially been informed he will not start opening day. John Gibbons had this to say on the decision:
Gibbons says #BlueJays decided not to rush Stroman: "My experience in this game says sometimes it’s better to be smart than stupid"— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) March 12, 2018
It is still possible we will see Stroman in the opening Yankees series, but exercising caution at this point seems to be the right call. He will throw another side session this week, and if all goes well, pitch Sunday (either in a game, or live BP).
Let’s have a poll.
Who Should Start for the Blue Jays on Opening Day?
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In other news, Randal Grichuk is dealing with “ribcage soreness” and is day-to-day.
The Blue Jays also optioned down Reese McGuire. I think it’s likely we will see him back up again before the end of spring training.
Here’s today’s line-up:
JA Happ, Roberto Osuna, Tyler Clippard, Aaron Loup, and Ryan Tepera are scheduled to pitch today.
Feel free to use this as a game thread.
Go Jays Go!