Johnny Wholestaff: Stroman, Price available for Blue Jays in ALCS Game 5
With the Toronto Blue Jays down three to one in the ALCS against the Kansas City Royals, it's all hands on deck for Game 5 on Wednesday.
The Blue Jays were dealt a huge blow in Game 4, losing 14-2 and using five relievers — including one position player — in the game.
Liam Hendricks, who threw 4 1/3 innings, is definitely out for Game 5, in what manager John Gibbons called “borderline abuse” of his use in Tuesday's game.
Ryan Tepera tossed 1 2/3 innings, throwing 38 pitches, so he is likely out as well, but that leaves everybody else available out of the pen.
That includes starters Marcus Stroman and David Price.
“Yep, I’m ready for everything all the time,” Stroman told Sportsnet.
When asked if Price is available, Price said, “if needed, yeah. For sure.”
Price and Stroman each threw 6 1/3 innings in Games 2 and 3, respectively.
The hope is, however, that the Jays won't need to rely on their bullpen as much as they did in Game 4, when R.A. Dickey lasted just 1 2/3 innings.
“We’ll be fine tomorrow if we get a good outing by Marco [Estrada] – we expect to,” said Gibbons.