Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman was essentially ruled out for the entire 2015 season when he tore his left ACL during spring training, but he resumed throwing off a mound in early August and looked as sharp as ever in his minor league rehab debut this past Wednesday with Low-A Lansing, striking out seven batters over 4 2/3 scoreless innings. Now there's talk of him returning to the Blue Jays' starting rotation next Saturday at Yankee Stadium to give Mark Buehrle a spell of rest. Stroman still has to make it through one final rehab outing on Monday, but this is all trending in the right direction for the Jays and their 24-year-old starter. He had a 3.65 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 111/28 K/BB ratio over his first 130 2/3 major league innings last season with Toronto.