BOSTON -- Toronto righthander Marcus Stroman will make his first start of the season Saturday when the Blue Jays face the Yankees.
The former Patchogue-Medford High School star underwent surgery in March after tearing the ACL in his left knee.
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Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos discussed the decision at Fenway Park before the team's game Tuesday night against the Red Sox.DataLI baseball stars drafted by MLB teams all-time
"He's completely healthy, that's the first priority and concern for us," Anthopoulos said. "Everything we discussed with him has been health, and everything we discussed with our staff has been health. He feels good. We've checked for inflammation and he's been cleared."
The righthander's return comes at the right time, too. Anthopoulos said Monday's losing pitcher, Mark Buehrle, went back to Toronto to get a cortisone shot in his pitching shoulder. His next scheduled start was pushed back to Tuesday.
Stroman made two minor- league rehab starts. He gave up four runs on eight hits over three innings in the second one Monday for Triple-A Buffalo.
At the time of the injury, the 24-year-old was expected to miss the entire season.
Stroman was 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA in 26 appearances (20 starts) as a rookie in 2014.