Arm tightness an issue for Stroman in start

Blue Jays righty lasts just 3 innings vs. Yanks, but says he expects to stay on turn

Arm tightness an issue for Stroman in start

NEW YORK -- Marcus Stroman left Wednesday night's 8-6 loss to the Yankees after the third inning because of "general arm tightness," but the Blue Jays right-hander claims he will be ready to make his next start.

Stroman allowed five runs on six hits before he was taken out of the series finale. At the time, it was not immediately clear whether Stroman was removed for performance-related issues or whether there was an injury.

The 26-year-old was asked what part of his arm was impacted, and he responded with "just some general soreness." Stroman said "No, I feel great" when asked whether he needed to undergo further evaluations, and then added he'll go through normal workouts before taking the mound Tuesday vs. Cleveland.

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"Upper-body injury," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons initially said when asked about the injury before getting slightly more specific. "He just had some tightness in his arm."

Stroman uncharacteristically battled some control problems during his brief outing, which may or may not have been related to the injury. He walked three batters and threw just 36 of his 66 pitches for strikes. The Yankees also homered twice during that span, with a three-run shot off the bat of Matt Holliday and a two-run shot by Aaron Judge for his MLB-high 13th on the season.

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At times during Stroman's three innings, he was seen stretching on the mound and shaking out his arm. But the Blue Jays did not issue any updates on whether there was an injury until after the game when Gibbons spoke with the media.

"He's always gyrating anyways," Gibbons said when asked about Stroman shaking out his arm. "We just got to the point where we thought it was smart to get him out of there. Plus, it was a tough night for him anyway. He wasn't going to last much longer anyway."

Regardless of what happened, the apparent injury does not appear to be a serious issue. That's very positive news for an organization that is currently without the services of J.A. Happ and Aaron Sanchez and can ill-afford to lose another starter for any period of time.

Stroman remained quite vague in most of his answers to the media following his outing, but he did concede the arm issue was the cause behind some of the command issues vs. New York.

"Yeah, the tightness was causing me just a little toughness to get extension at some points, but like I said, I'm not worried about it," Stroman said. "I'll just go through my normal workouts during the week. Focus on some things and I'll be ready to rock come Tuesday."

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.