Jays’ Stro­man ex­pected to make next start

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - MARK DIDTLER

ST. PETERS­BURG, FLA. — Toronto Blue Jays man­ager John Gib­bons says Mar­cus Stro­man will make his next sched­uled start Mon­day night against Cleve­land.

Stro­man de­parted after three in­nings, his short­est start in three years, in the Blue Jays’ 8-6 loss to the New York Yan­kees on Wed­nes­day night be­cause of tight­ness in his right armpit.

“Said he’s good to go,” Gib­bons said be­fore Fri­day night’s game at Tampa Bay. “Said he’s feel­ing good.”

Selected MVP of the World Base­ball Clas­sic after help­ing the United States win its first WBC ti­tle, Stro­man al­lowed five runs and six hits in his short­est start since the Chicago White Sox chased him after two outs on Aug. 15, 2014.

Last in the AL East, Toronto is also miss­ing start­ing pitch­ers Aaron Sanchez (split finger nail) and J.A. Happ (el­bow sore­ness) along with third base­man Josh Don­ald­son (right calf ) and short­stop Troy Tu­low­itzki (right ham­string).

Sanchez is sched­uled for a bullpen ses­sion Sunday and is to pitch at ex­tended spring train­ing Tues­day. Happ is play­ing catch but has not thrown off a mound.

Gib­bons ex­pects Don­ald­son and Tu­low­itzki to re­turn dur­ing a nine-game home­s­tand that be­gins Mon­day.

“They’re mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion,” Gib­bons said.

Toronto des­ig­nated right-han­der Mat Latos for as­sign­ment. Latos, pre­vi­ously listed as Sunday’s sched­uled start against the Rays, will be re­placed by Joe Bi­agini.

Blue Jays claim Valdez from Oak­land A’s

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed right-han­der Ce­sar Valdez from the Oak­land Ath­let­ics and des­ig­nated right-han­der Mat Latos for as­sign­ment.

Valdez was op­tioned to triple-A Buf­falo and right-han­der Neil Ramirez was ac­ti­vated from be­fore Fri­day’s game at Tampa Bay.

Latos made his big-league de­but in 2009 with San Diego.

CHRIS O’MEARA, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kier­maier fields a sin­gle by Toronto Blue Jays’ Kevin Pil­lar dur­ing the first in­ning Fri­day in St. Peters­burg, Fla. For game re­sults go to thes­pec.com.

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