Stroman, who was returning from a pre-season calf injury, said he made his decision with his family and that it was purely based on COVID-19, not because of his calf. Stroman, 29, is set to become a free agent at the end of the year without throwing a pitch in 2020. He said the decision “weighs” on him daily.
“It’s not something I wanted,” Stroman said. “It was a collective decision for my family, for our best interests. Because I am such a competitor, it was incredibly difficult to finally make this decision.