Marcus Stroman was one of the Cubs' biggest offseason signings, inking a three-year deal worth $71 million in December. The veteran pitcher just hasn't been able to perform in 2022, though, landing on the injured list twice. His latest Triple-A level rehab start came with less than encouraging results.
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Stroman started for the Iowa Cubs on Saturday night and allowed five earned runs on seven hits and one walk across 2.2 innings (53 pitches). It was his first game action since he was placed on the IL with right shoulder inflammation on June 10 and an important step toward reaching full health.
On the bright side, the 31-year-old was able to strike out two batters and his fastball reached the low 90s in velocity. Stroman declined to talk to the media after due to the fact that he had to a flight to catch. It's possible he rejoins the Cubs for their three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Across nine starts in 2022, Stroman has posted a 2-5 record to go along with a 5.32 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. It certainly hasn't been the results the Cubs were hoping for from the 2019 All-Star. Stroman now has three months to turn things around as Chicago remains far out of playoff contention.
Chicago remains a long shot to win the World Series with odds set at +500000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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