Toronto Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman has suffered a torn left knee ligament and will miss the 2015 season, general manager Alex Anthopoulos announced, a devastating blow for the club that will change the complexion of the American League East race.
Stroman, 23, tore his anterior cruciate ligament during fielding drills Tuesday morning. He made 20 starts in 2014 and won 11 games, striking out 111 in 130 2/3 innings, and figured to pitch near the top of the Blue Jays' rotation this season.
The Blue Jays were already thin in starting pitching, and Stroman's loss means veteran Marco Estrada, rookies Daniel Norris and Aaron Sanchez and possibly non-roster invitee Johan Santana will account for the final two spots in their rotation.
Stroman tweeted that he was "beyond devastated" over the injury. He will receive a second opinion from noted orthopedist James Andrews, but is not expected to avoid surgery.