The debate about the Toronto Blue Jays' starting pitcher on Saturday at Yankee Stadium has been resolved in favour of Marcus Stroman. That's the word from manager John Gibbons from Boston.
Gibbons told MLB Network prior to the second game of the Blue Jays-Red Sox series at Fenway Park on Tuesday night that Stroman, who's had two rehab starts after tearing the ACL in his left knee in spring training, would get the Saturday start against the Yankees instead of Mark Buehrle who has always struggled at Yankee Stadium.
Both pitchers were roughed up Monday as Buehrle, who was given extra rest before his start due to shoulder fatigue, allowed nine hits and five runs in three and a third innings en route to his eighth loss in 22 decisions on the season. It was Buehrle's shortest start of the season and his fourth less than effective start in succession.
Stroman, meanwhile, was rehabbing in Pawtucket against Boston's triple-A team and also was less than stellar. The 24-year-old was on a 80-pitch limit and lasted only three innings, surrendering eight hits, four runs, with four walks and four strikeouts.
Stroman's previous start was at Lansing in single-A ball where he did not allow a hit while striking out seven batters in four and two-thirds innings with a 70-pitch limit.
After Monday's game, Stroman was pleased with his velocity, if not his location and said that his knee and arm felt great.
Buehrle, who returned to Toronto Tuesday for a cortisone shot in his left shoulder, is still expected to face the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 15.
David Price and Marco Estrada are in line for the first two games of the four-game series in New York, Thursday and Friday, followed by Stroman, then R.A. Dickey on Sunday.