Blue Jays right-handed pitching prospect Marcus Stroman struck out nine batters in 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday night for Triple-A Buffalo.
Stroman allowed only five hits and did not surrender a walk, lowering his ERA to 1.17 for the season. Stroman struggled in spring training, but he has a career-best 12.3K/9 for the season to go with his 1.174 WHIP. If he continues to shine, look for Stroman to get the call to Toronto in the event of an injury or doubleheader.
Brett Jackson has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Iowa with a right oblique strain.
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The recovery timetable for an oblique strain is usually 3-5 weeks. Jackson was batting just .121/.194/.273 through 36 plate appearances this season for Iowa. The 25-year-old former top prospect is quickly falling off the radar.
Cardinals left-hander Tyler Lyons yielded one run while striking out six Wednesday for Triple-A Memphis.
He allowed five hits (though three were doubles) and one walk, lowering his season ERA to 3.32. Lyons is likely to take Joe Kelly's (hamstring) rotation spot and could make a few starts for St. Louis. Lyons put up a 4.75 ERA (though a 3.73 FIP) in 12 appearances (eight starts) for the Cardinals in 2013, striking out 43 batters in 53 innings (7.3 K/9), so he could be a good streaming option in deeper fantasy leagues.