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April 30, 2014

Stroman's call-up to Blue Jays believed imminent

Tonawanda News — Hope you enjoyed watching Marcus Stroman. Odds are favorable you probably won't see much more of him around Coca-Cola Field the rest of the season.

Stroman, who is ranked by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays system, struck out 10 batters through six innings of no-hit ball in a win over Louisville on Tuesday night, which further fanned the rumors that the prospect will be getting a call-up to Toronto within the next few days.

“Obviously you hear all the talk, but you can only do so much about it. That's not your decision,” Stroman said. “It's out of your power and I'm just trying to do everything I can to help the Buffalo Bisons win...and just working. Working on my whole game while I'm down here. When the opportunity does come I'm going to be ecstatic and I'm going to be excited. I don't know what else to say. Yeah just focus on the present day and do everything I can do here to make sure that when that time does come I'm ready for the challenge.”

In five starts with the Bisons Stroman, who turns 23 today, is 2-2 with a 1.69 ERA. He's struck out 36 and issued just seven walks.

Talk out of Toronto is that Dustin McGowan could be moved to the bullpen so that Stroman can be called up and take the No. 5 slot in the rotation. McGowan is 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA in five starts. McGowan has also given up three home runs, walked 10 and recorded just 15 strikes. McGowan's next scheduled start is next Tuesday at Philadelphia. Stroman is expected to get the nod in that game.

Bisons skipper Gary Allenson said he's been impressed with the way Stroman has tuned out the rumor mill.

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