Duke's Stroman to make first MLB start

May. 31, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

Former Duke pitcher Marcus Stroman will reach another career milestone Saturday when he makes his first Major League start.

A first-round pick by Toronto in 2012, Stroman is scheduled to be on the mound for the Blue Jays today at Rogers Centre in Toronto for a 1:07 p.m. game with Kansas City.

A right-hander, Stroman was supposed to start for Triple-A Buffalo on Friday night. But he was scratched from that start and promoted to Toronto instead. While he's compiled a 2-4 record while pitching to a 3.03 ERA in seven starts with Buffalo this season, Stroman has struggled in his big league appearances out of the bullpen.

In five relief apperances this month, Stroman has allowed nine earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. Opponents have touched him for 13 hits, including one home run. He did pick up his first Major League win on May 6 aganist Philadelphia.

Toronto manager John Gibbons told reporters in Toronto on Friday night that the Blue Jays are interested to see how Stroman handles life as a starter in the big leagues.

""We want to see him as a starter," Gibbons said, according to MLB.com. "He's been really good down (in Buffalo) this year. This is his opportunity. We sat him down, when we were in Texas, I think it was, and we told him we wanted him to go down and get a couple of starts … stretch him out a little bit."