Toronto Blue Jays rookie pitcher Marcus Stroman has been banned for six games and fined an undisclosed fee for a wild pitch at Caleb Joseph’s head and the decision has dealt a blow to the club’s postseason ambitions.
On September 15 (Monday) when the Orioles visited the Blue Jays, Stroman threw a very loose ball to Joseph which narrowly missed the catcher’s head at the bottom of the sixth inning.
Although the Stroman incident passed without retaliation from the batter or opposition bench, home plate umpire Ted Barrett issued a warning to Stroman and both benches.
MLB felt the pitcher needed further reprimand and have handed him a six game ban and a fine for his actions.
It is not yet clear when the ban will commence as Stroman has appealed against the decision.
The star pitcher made his MLB debut back in May and has been a surprisingly solid addition to the Blue Jays pitching rotation since he came in for the injured Brandon Marrow.
The 23-year-old has an impressive 10-6 season record with a 3.80 ERA from 24 games (19 starts).
Monday’s 5-2 defeat broke Stroman’s three-game winning streak and the pitcher was set up to play a big role in the Blue Jays push for the postseason.
However, the side may decide to rotate the starting pitcher away from frontline action to avoid the pitcher receiving a longer ban.
Depending on the outcome of the appeal - which is expected in the next few days - the pitcher will play no further part in the Blue Jays regular season.
Toronto can only make the postseason via a Wild Card slot after Baltimore secured the AL West title on Tuesday. The Blue Jays are six games off a Wild Card spot and have lost their last four games which makes a late season surge unlikely.
As a result, MLB may have seen the last of Stroman in 2014 after an overall impressive debut season.