Blue Jays Prospect Marcus Stroman Poised To Return From Suspension
The Toronto Blue Jays top pitching prospect Marcus Stroman took to Twitter to voice his excitement for his much anticipated return on May 23rd .
May 23rd! Can’t wait to get back with the boys and compete. Anticipation is like the lead up to Christmas. Lol #BlueJays
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo7) May 6, 2013
The Jays selected Stroman with the 22nd pick in the 1st round of the 2012 amateur baseball draft. Stroman did not disappoint once he got his first taste of professional baseball tallying a 3-0 record with 3.26 earned run average between two levels. Stroman was on the fast track to the major leagues with rumblings he would be promoted once the Blue Jays rosters expanded in September.
However, in late August, the unthinkable occurred, Stroman tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that contained Methylhexaneamine. Stroman received a 50 game suspension which is slated to conclude on May, 23rd.
Stroman accepted full responsibility for his lack in judgement and called it an honest mistake, a error he will never make again.
[quote]”Despite taking precautions to avoid violating the minor league testing program, I unknowingly ingested a banned stimulant that was in an over-the-counter supplement, Nonetheless, I accept full responsibility and I want to apologize to the Toronto Blue Jays organization, my family, my teammates, and the Blue Jays fans everywhere. I look forward to putting this behind me and rejoining my teammates.”[/quote]
The Duke University alumni impressed in his first spring training with the Jays pitching four scoreless innings in two appearances and proving to the Blue Jays brain trusts he is not far off. Once Stroman is reinstated look for him to be more focussed and determined than ever before shooting through the minors with the majors on the horizon.
Come May 23rd, Stroman will finally be able to close that forgettable chapter and write a new story with a major league ending.