It’s safe to say Marcus Stroman’s start to his Chicago Cubs career hasn’t gone according to plan. Stroman struggled out of the gate with an 8.78 ERA through his first three starts of the season. After a bout with COVID-19 in early May, he returned to finish the month strong with a 1.50 ERA across a four-game stretch.
But after a rough outing against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 3, Stroman landed on the 15-day injured list due to right shoulder inflammation. On July 3, he made a rehab start with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. The outing didn’t go well, as he allowed seven hits and five earned runs in only 2.2 innings pitched.
Nonetheless, the Cubs saw enough to feel confident in Stroman's health and availability and will hand him the ball to start Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The right-hander says he feels good.
“Just the proper build-up this time. I think I was just a little too aggressive having 19 days off last time,” Stroman said.
This move was on the horizon as both Stroman and Drew Smyly recently returned to the Cubs from their rehab assignments. Stroman’s return comes at a good time as fellow rotation mate Kyle Hendricks recently hit the injured list with shoulder soreness of his own.
With a thinned-out rotation, the Chicago Cubs hope Marcus Stroman can return to his track record form. He’ll return with a career 3.71 ERA and 5.32 season ERA.