Roberto Osuna made a triumphant return from rehabbing an injured elbow to lead the Low A Lansing Lugnuts to a split of their doubleheader with West Michigan. Osuna was diagnosed with a torn UCL in early May, and was sent to Florida for treatment. It was feared that Tommy John surgery might be needed, but the regimen of rest and arm strengthening seemed to have worked, as Osuna blanked thenWhite Caps over 5 innings, allowing only 2 hits, walking none and striking out 5.
He threw 57 pitches, 39 for strikes.
In Erie, Marcus Stroman was also sizzling for AA New Hampshire, allowing 1 run over 5 innings, giving up 4 hits and 3 walks, striking out 9, as Fisher Cats topped the Sea Wolves, 3-2. Stroman threw 91 pitches, 55 of them for strikes. Stroman had to sit out 50 games over this year and last for a positive PED test, returning to action last month. The Jays first round pick in 2012, many scouts had deemed the Duke righthander as the pick closest to major league- ready. While the major league rotation has straightened itself somewhat, Stroman could still get the call to the bigs before the end of the season.
Not all the prospect news was good yesterday, however. Lefthander Daniel Norris, who sported an ERA of 1.29 over his last 5 starts, had to leave with two outs in the bottom of the 2nd in the Lugnuts' opening game against West Michigan. Reports indicate that he was pointing to his hip as the trainer came out to the mound, so removing him from the game may have been precautionary.