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Marcus Stroman hit by ban after wild pitch

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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.

The incident comes days after Miami Marlin’s Giancarlo Stanton suffered a horrific facial injury after being smashed by a pitch from Milwaukee Brewers Mike Fiers.

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.

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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.

According to CBSsports.com, Stroman’s reason for pitching at Joseph’s head was because the catcher had stepped on his teammate Jose Reyes’s hand earlier in the game during a play at the home plate.

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.

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MLB Playoffs
Baltimore Orioles
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MLB American League
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