Stroman, Buerhle swapping to give rookie extra rest

Vet will start Sunday against Rays, while rookie pitches vs. O's on Monday

Stroman, Buerhle swapping to give rookie extra rest

TORONTO -- Mark Buehrle will start on Sunday against the Rays in place of Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed on Friday. Stroman will pitch Monday in the series opener against the Orioles at Camden Yards instead.

The move was expected, as the Blue Jays looked for ways to give their rookie right-hander extra rest where possible. Pushing Stroman back -- coupled with Thursday's off-day -- gives him two extra days of rest.

Stroman, the team's hottest hand on the mound since the All-Star break, has racked up 114 2/3 innings so far this season. He's 6-3 with a 3.63 ERA in his last 10 starts. Stroman has won three games in a row, over which he's allowed four earned runs through 22 2/3 innings. He pitched a complete game shutout against the Cubs his last time out.

The starter swap also keeps Buehrle away from the Orioles, against whom he carries a 4.67 ERA in three starts. Against the Rays, he's put up a 2.08 ERA in five outings. Stroman has a 5.73 ERA in two starts against Tampa Bay and has yet to face Baltimore.

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.