Mar 12, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Marcus Stroman (54) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Toronto Blue Jays nearing promotion of Marcus Stroman?

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Might we be seeing Marcus Stroman‘s debut with the Toronto Blue Jays in the near future?

One of Major League Baseball’s best pitching prospects, Stroman had his scheduled start date pushed back to align with Dustin McGowen, the pitcher he’s likely to replace in the Jays starting rotation if/when he’s called up.

The Toronto Blue Jays are aligning Marcus Stroman’s next start with that of Dustin McGowan, a sign the prized prospect may be nearing his big-league debut.

Stroman – 1-2 with a 2.18 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 20.2 innings over four outings at triple-A Buffalo – was due to start Saturday for the Bisons, but a rainout Friday pushed everyone back a day.

Yet rather than pitch him on Sunday, when his next turn comes up, the plan is for him to start Tuesday against Louisville, which coincides with McGowan’s start in Kansas City.

Stroman has destroyed AAA pitching this season, posting a 2.06 ERA –  this after getting shelacked for 10 hits and 4 runs in 5 2/3 innings in his previous start.

Assistant GM Tony LaCava recently stated that Stroman’s time is ‘coming soon’ and it appears as if the Jays are aligning themselves correctly for such to happen.

McGowen is still scheduled for his next start against the Kansas City Royals.

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