Only bad things happen in Spring Training. And this right here is definitely one of them — to, hopefully, a minor extent:
Stroman has shoulder inflammation. No timetable just yet for spring debut. #BlueJays
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) February 27, 2018
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.
“I’m not slightly worried about it.” Marcus Stroman on his shoulder inflammation. But he also says he’s not sure if he’ll be ready for opening day. Has had some discomfort since January, chalked it up to normal soreness that comes with ramping up. #BlueJays
— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) February 27, 2018
Marcus Stroman says he's been battling discomfort in his right shoulder since January. He's hoping to resume throwing in 4-5 days. Also hopeful he'll be ready to pitch at the beginning of the regular season, although perhaps not on opening day.— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) February 27, 2018
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!!