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Marcus Stroman to make first major league start for Blue Jays on Saturday

May 30, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

Marcus Stroman AP

Sportsnet’s Barry Davis reports that Blue Jays prospect Marcus Stroman will start for the club against the Royals on Saturday afternoon. It will be his first start in the major leagues.

Stroman, 23, was called up from Triple-A Buffalo on May 3 and contributed out of the bullpen, allowing 10 runs (nine earned) with a 4/1 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings. The Jays optioned him back to Triple-A on May 18 and he made two starts. Against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and the Louisville Bats, Stroman allowed seven runs in nine innings.

Stroman was rated the #27 overall prospect entering the season by Baseball Prospectus.

The Blue Jays have designated pitcher Bobby Korecky for assignment to clear up a roster spot for Stroman.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 31, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    This is very interesting. The Jays still need to improve the back end of their rotation and giving Stroman a chance to start will help them make a decision about whether they need to trade for a starter. Korecky pitched extremely well in Buffalo this year and pitched well last night in his first ML appearance since 2012. Someone will probably want him.

  2. unclemosesgreen - May 31, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    This must be the Mr. Stroman that commenters are always arguing about.

  3. garybrian - May 31, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Good thing Buffalo is so close. If the farm team was still in Las Vegas the team would be running up those air miles like it was going out of style!

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