Surprise: Marcus Stroman is Starting for the Cubs Tomorrow

Well there it is. Another surprising turn in the ever-mysterious, ever-twisting saga of Marcus Stroman’s injury and return.

It’s very good news:

The Cubs obviously kept that one very much close to the vest, with Stroman pitching twice in relief this past weekend, and then getting up mid-week to warm up. That doesn’t mean they were ALWAYS planning on having him start tomorrow, but it seems like it was long kept on the table.

Jordan Wicks was previously scheduled to start tomorrow, so I immediately wonder if the plan will be to have him piggyback, or if he’s pushed back a day. We have NO idea how stretched out Stroman is, so it’s possible this is more like a “long opener” situation – one time through the order?

We shall see. But this is fun. Stroman looked good and healthy in his two relief outings. Getting him back to cover innings is just what the doctor ordered.

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