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Marcus Stroman Has Shoulder Inflammation

Only bad things happen in Spring Training. And this right here is definitely one of them — to, hopefully, a minor extent:

Gregor’s tweet was the first one to show up in my timeline, but further ones from the other reporters down there informed us that the Jays “aren’t overly concerned,” and that an MRI didn’t reveal any structural damage — the latter point being the absolutely crucial one.

Still, it would seem as though the Jays’ presumed Opening Day starter may not end up being ready to take the ball against the Yankees on March 29th.

Stroman denied that some of his noticeable new tricks — variations in his arm slot — would have had anything to do with this, which is about as plausible as it is implausible, I think. I guess we’ll see whether he does it as much once he gets healthy.

It goes without saying that Stroman is an enormously important player for the Blue Jays — one whose health we tend, I think, to take for granted. He’s a pitcher, after all. They all get hurt at some point. But as bad as it is that he’s been experiencing soreness in his shoulder, it’s at least good that it’s being taken care of now, and that the MRI came back clean.

So… y’know. It is what it is I guess. Now nobody else get hurt!!

  • The Original Mark

    I have no idea if it’s related, the injury is basically providing a backdrop for good conversation about his tinkering. I’ve been asking myself the past couple of seasons, is all the tinkering with their deliveries by Stroman and Osuna good or bad? All pitchers evolve and add or remove new pitches over time, but I can’t recall examples of successful pitchers screwing so much with their deliveries, especially early in their careers. Usually, you here guys talk about how important it is for them to keep their mechanics consistent when things are going well. I wonder, is all this tinkering good, or should someone with the Jays be clamping down on it? Are the Jays in on it? Does anyone know of other successful examples? I’d love to hear or read more. Maybe a good article topic Andrew?

  • The Original Mark

    To my last point, I thought last year’s quick pitch change up by Stroman was really bizarre. If you quick pitch a change up, is that not kind of a regular fastball? I don’t know, I don’t get a lot of what he does.

    • EA

      ‘Quick pitch’ refers to the fact that he was throwing the pitch with very little time between it and the previous pitch, not that he threw it with any more velocity.

      • The Original Mark

        I know. My point is that if your regular delivery is 1.5 seconds to the plate, your fastball is 94 mph, and your changeup is 88 mph, then from the start of your delivery your fastball gets to the plate in 1.94 seconds and your changeup gets to the plate in 1.97 seconds. That gap is what throws off a hitter’s timing.

        So if you speed up your delivery and and then use a changeup, you’re doing two things that work against each other timing-wise. It would make a lot more sense to quick pitch someone with a fastball, to increase the gap between that and your off-speed stuff.

        • Steve-O

          A change-up is effective because it looks like a fastball coming out of the pitcher’s hand (with the same arm action) , but travels a bit slower, hopefully inducing a whiff or weak contact.

          A quick pitch is designed to throw a hitter’s timing off in a different way, in that they don’t have as much time to settle in and get ready for the next pitch before it’s on the way.

          Apples and oranges.

          • The Original Mark

            I agree, but if you’re trying to sneaky one by a guy with a quick pitch, the fastball gives you the better chance to do it. No reason to rush to sneak it by a guy and then slow it down a couple mph.

  • Barry

    I think it’s pretty obvious that Stroman hurt himself tweeting about the mean things Shatkins said about him at his arby hearing.

    Sorry, that’s the dumbest thing I could come up with for pre-emptive mockery.