Marcus Stroman is using his DL time to go back to college
Marcus Stroman is heading back to school. It will probably be a little different than how Adam Sandler did it.
Toronto's right-hander announced on Twitter Friday afternoon that he will be returning to Duke University this summer to finish his degree. Stroman also plans to continue his rehab from left knee surgery with "some of the best doctors in the world."
Beyond excited for this time in my life. Being a college graduate was also priority. Little hiatus from baseball while I prepare for 2016!- Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) March 27, 2015
Don't think for a second that being in school will interfere with my baseball dreams. The motivation is at an all-time high. On a mission!- Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) March 27, 2015
Stroman was expected to begin the year as Toronto's No. 1 pitcher until he tore the ACL in his left knee. He will miss the entire 2015 season, but is expected to make a full recovery by next year's Spring Training.
The 23-year-old became the first player from Duke to be selected in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft when Toronto took him with the 22nd overall pick in 2012. The pick came on the heels of three years with the university where he ranked fourth all-time with 290 career strikeouts. With Duke taking on Utah on Friday night for the right to go to the Elite Eight, it's not a bad time to head back either.
Stroman was a two-time academic all-ACC selection during his time at Duke and was a semester shy of earning a degree in sociology. Even after getting drafted in the first round, he maintained that finishing his degree remained a top priority.