Buffalo Bisons pitcher Marcus Stroman has a 1.80 earned-run average after his first two Triple-A starts, but only a 0-1 record.
The right-hander from Duke University is scheduled to get the start in the first game of a doubleheader tonight against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Coca-Cola Field. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m.
The twin bill will make up the rainout of Monday’s scheduled opener of a four-game series between the Herd and the New York Yankees affiliate.
Stroman started Buffalo’s season opener but got no decision after pitching four innings of a game the Bisons eventually would win, 6-3. In his most recent start, the 22-year-old Stroman took the loss in a 1-0 decision at Lehigh Valley. The only run against him was unearned – it scored on a passed ball – as he struck out eight and allowed only three hits in six innings. He did walk five, however.
The Bisons are coming off a split of their home series against the Pawtucket Red Sox which closed with a 6-4 loss in 12 innings on Sunday.
Left-hander Ricky Romero (0-0, 6-75) is scheduled to pitch the second game tonight for the Herd. Right-handers Chase Whitley (0-1, 7.71) and Graham Stoneburner (0-0, 2.25) are expected to get the starts for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Those holding tickets for Monday’s rained out game can exchange them for a comparable ticket (excluding special events) for the remainder of the season at the Coca-Cola Field Box Office.
Meanwhile, Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Maicer Izturis needs surgery for a ligament tear in his left knee and could be out for the rest of the season. The 33-year-old Izturis was put on the disabled list Sunday.
With shortstop Jose Reyes already on the 15-day disabled list, the Jays recalled infielder Munenori Kawasaki from the Bisons on Sunday.
Outfielder Gregory Polanco, who is batting .465 after the first 11 games for Indianapolis was named International League Batter of the Week. Pitcher Scott Carroll was named Pitcher of the Week. The Charlotte Knights hurler won a pair of games last week to go 3-0 and has not allowed an earned run in 19 innings so far.