Marcus Stroman heads to the DL with shoulder fatigue, opening the door for Joe Biagini and Sam Gaviglio.
In a flurry of roster moves on Friday afternoon, the Toronto Blue Jays placed SP Marcus Stroman on the 10-Day DL with shoulder fatigue and brought up Joe Biagini and Sam Gaviglio. Tim Mayza will head down to Triple-A Buffalo as well.
#BlueJays say Marcus Stroman has right shoulder fatigue, DL stint is retroactive to May 9
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 11, 2018
Stroman has struggled mightily to begin the season. After seven starts, Stroman is 0-5 with a 7.71 ERA in seven starts. Despite his K/9 climbing up a bit from 2017 (7.34 to 7.71), his walks have really jumped – from a manageable 2.78 BB/9 in 2017 to an unsightly 4.34 to start the season. Details on the injury haven’t been made public yet, but it was clear to anyone watching Blue Jays games this season that Stroman just wasn’t right.
If the injury is just “fatigue” as Shi Davidi’s report suggests, this stint on the DL might just be some time off for Stroman, who had very little time completed in Spring Training this March. Hopefully, there isn’t any damage to the shoulder, which would result in a much longer time on the DL from a starting pitcher who has supplied 405 innings over the past two seasons.
Joe Biagini has been recalled twice already this season, and the results have been poor. Biagini has pitched just 10 innings with the Blue Jays in two starts, striking out 10, walking four and giving up two home runs, all for an 8.10 ERA. There’s plenty of time to improve upon these results, but his 5.96 FIP isn’t filling anyone with optimism.
Sam Gavilgio will join Biagini on the ride up from Buffalo. Over his MLB career spanning just 74.1 innings pitched in 2017, Gavilgio posted a decent, but unspectacular 4.36 ERA, 4-5 record and striking out 49 with the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals. At 28 years old, he’s essentially Toronto’s No. 7 starter right now, and with three games this weekend versus a tremendous Boston Red Sox lineup, now is the time to bring that guy up – especially when your starters continually fail to pitch at least five-to-six innings per start, as the Jays have made a bad habit of in 2018.
There hasn’t been a confirmed report of who will serve what role in the bullpen and/or rotation with the Jays, but radio voice Ben Wagner has mentioned that Biagini was slated to start Sunday, anyways.
— Ben Wagner (@benwag247) May 11, 2018
Gaviglio last pitched on Monday, so he should be fresh to go after those six innings of shutout ball (six strikeouts, five hits and no walks) against the Minnesota Twins Triple-A affiliate. He has allowed just two runs in his last 13.1 innings pitched and has certainly pitched his way into the conversation this season, posting a 1.86 ERA in the International League.
Between the two of them, Biagini and Gaviglio should be able to provide both a spot start option and multiple innings of relief, both of which are sorely needed by the Blue Jays right now.
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