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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."

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.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB.