Due to an ongoing list of injuries, it’s been two years since Dustin McGowan last pitched in the majors, but it looks as though he’ll be back sooner than later.
McGowan made his first rehab start yesterday with Dunedin, the Advanced-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. He only pitched one inning, but it was very effective as he struck out the side, while only allowing one hit against Fort Myers.
Although the 31-year-old has only pitched 21 innings since 2009, Alex Anthopoulos still thinks he has some of the best stuff in the organization. He expects on May 30 when his 60 day DL is up that he’ll be ready to pitch in the majors again. That’s great news for him as the organization still has high hopes for him, even after all of this time.
The right-hander has only pitched one full season as a starter and that was in 2007 when he went 12-10 with an ERA of just over four. The next season he went 6-7 then the long list of injuries began, with most notably surgery to his right shoulder which has kept him out the entire season.
He’s under contract with the Jays for the next two seasons at 1.5 million a year, with a club option of four million in 2015. If he impresses the Jays this year, there will be a few more years to judge his effectiveness in the majors.
He’s expected to make another rehab start in Dunedin this week, with an anticipation of going longer than one inning. If everything goes as planned, he could potentially see the majors sometime in June. With all of the pitching injuries to the Jays it’s nice to hear some good news for once.
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