TORONTO BLUE JAYS pitcher Marcus Stroman will miss the entire season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during fielding drills yesterday.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos said the 23-year-old righthander will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, and surgery is likely.

Anthopoulos said Stroman was participating in bunting practice when he was called off by third baseman Josh Donaldson. Stroman planted his feet to stop, then felt a pop in his knee. An MRI confirmed the tear.

"He's a great starter. He did a great job for us last year, but you move forward," Anthopoulos said. "That's all you can do . . . No doubt, to lose a guy like Stroman is a significant loss for us."

Stroman was 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA in 26 games last year.

Toronto's options to replace him in the rotation include righthanders Aaron Sanchez and Marco Estrada and lefty Daniel Norris, the team's top pitching prospect. Jeff Francis, in camp with a minor league contract, is another possibility.

Anthopoulos didn't rule out the possibility of a trade.

Also, the Blue Jays said slugger Edwin Encarnacion likely will be sidelined for 4-to-5 days because of back inflammation.


* Concerned about a drop in velocity, the New York Mets scheduled reliever Josh Edgin for an MRI. The lefthander experienced elbow discomfort and gave up back-to-back RBI triples to lefthanded hitters in 13-2 loss Monday to Miami.

Edgin was 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 47 appearances last season and averaged 93 mph with his fastball. He missed 2 weeks late in the season because of tendinitis and bone spurs in his elbow, and he received a platelet-rich plasma injection.

* Gavin Floyd's comeback season could be over before it started. The Indians said the former Phillies righthander will be sidelined for "the foreseeable future" after reinjuring his troublesome pitching elbow. Floyd, 32, who has made just 14 starts over the past two seasons, reinjured a stress fracture that limited him to just nine starts a year ago with Atlanta. He signed with Cleveland as a free agent in December.

* Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball is talking with the U.S. government about playing exhibition games in Cuba. President Barack Obama said in December the United States was re-establishing relations with the communist island nation. Manfred did not mention a timeframe.

Major league teams visited Cuba before Fidel Castro's revolution in 1959. Cuba's proximity, just 90 miles from Florida, makes quick trips possible.

* Hideki Matsui, the World Series MVP in 2009 when the New York Yankees beat the Phillies, has been hired by the Yankees as a special adviser to general manager Brian Cashman. Matsui will spend most of the season traveling in the team's minor league system to discuss hitting with managers, batting coaches and players.