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Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman will make first start of season Saturday against Yankees

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman reacts

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman reacts after getting out of the eighth inning against the New York Yankees during a baseball game in Toronto on Monday, June 23, 2014. Credit: AP / Nathan Denette

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.

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos discussed the decision at Fenway Park before the team's game Tuesday night against the Red Sox.

"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.

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