The 2017 and 2018 Toronto Blue Jays will forever be known as the teams who were plagued by The Blister. Marcus Stroman, after being activated from the 10-day disabled list yesterday, will likely been shut down for the remainder of the season.
GM Ross Atkins on shutting down Stroman (blister) for the season: “I talked to Gibby about it last night. Pete (Walker), Nikki (Huffman) and I had a conversation. Gibby talked to Stro. We’ll revisit with Stro today. We’re going to work through that with Stro.”#BaseballCentral
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) September 4, 2018
It was a rough season for Stroman. He rushed himself back from an injury in spring training and only made one tune-up start before the regular season. He got smacked around in his first seven starts to the tune of a 7.71 ERA before going on the disabled list in early May. Stroman would return in June and continue to pitch like a rollercoaster. He had some good starts, some bad ones, and never really managed to get a rhythm going.
In mid-August, Stroman was placed on the 10-day DL due to a blister. He came off and made one start against the Rays but got hammered for four earned runs in an inning-and-a-third of work.
Stroman is eligible for arbitration again this winter. He earned $6,500,000 in arbitration last off-season in a very public case in which he made his displeasure with the situation known. Sooooo that should be a fun process to look forward to!