By Mike Harrington
It looks like the Blue Jays will initially keep Marcus Stroman in the bullpen (think David Price, '08 Rays), and that's no problem for the former Bisons ace. After all, he's in the big leagues at 23 after pitching just five games in Triple-A with the Herd.
The iffy back end of the rotation (think Dustin McGowan and J.A. Happ) did fine this time through so there's no reason for the Jays to rush Stroman into the mix just yet. Let him get his feet wet in the pen -- but he's not getting mop-up duty.
Stroman came into a 5-5 game Tuesday night in Philadelphia -- and needed to get the final out of the ninth with the winning run at third -- before the Jays pulled out a 6-5 victory in the 10th on Juan Francisco's sacrifice fly. That gave Stroman his first big-league win in just his second appearance.
"My heart was pounding. Can’t describe it, but I was definitely amped up," said Stroman, whose father was at the game and who earned a post-game beer shower from teammates.
Newsday has this report on the Long Island native's win, including an interview with his mother.