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Bisons ace Stroman gets call from beleaguered Blue Jays

By Mike Harrington

It took an injury in the Toronto starting rotation and another blowup by the Blue Jays' bullpen but Bisons ace Marcus Stroman earned his first big-league callup to the Blue Jays late Saturday night.

Stroman had his contract purchased from Buffalo and will initially join the beleaguered Toronto bullpen after Blue Jays relievers gave up six runs over the seventh and eighth innings of an 8-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in PNC Park. Following Friday's 6-5 loss to the Pirates, Toronto closer Sergio Santos was bounced from that role after giving up two ninth-inning home runs.

Starter Brandon Morrow was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a a torn sheath in his hand Saturday and could miss the rest of the season. That prompted Stroman's recall.

John Lott of the National Post has this recap of Saturday night's game, featuring many interesting quotes from the clubhouse on the bullpen woes. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet offers his views with this column.

Stroman, who turned 23 on Thursday, was Toronto's No. 1 draft pick in 2012. He is 2-2 with a 1.69 ERA in five starts for the Bisons, with 36 strikeouts and seven walks in 26 2/3 innings. He threw six no-hit innings in his last start Tuesday against Louisville but was pulled due to an 80-pitch limit. 

Stroman will intially start in the bullpen, clearly piggy-backing Dustin McGowan's start Sunday in Pittsburgh and J.A. Happ's outing Monday in Philadelphia. Then we'll see if the Blue Jays put him in the rotation next weekend at home against the Los Angeles Angels. That's what I told the Blue Jays they needed to do in my column Thursday.

Stroman was scheduled to be the starter in the Bisons' road trip opener Monday at Gwinnett, so we'll also have to see how the Herd moves forward with its rotation.

An avid social media user, here's what Stroman had to say late Saturday night.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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