And the hits keep coming for Dustin McGowan. Once one of the top rated pitching prospects in the Blue Jays organization, the 30-year-old has felt some barking in his throwing shoulder. McGowan hasn’t pitched a full season since 2007 due to injuries.
While he doesn’t factor into the Jays plans for 2013, their is no doubt he is disappointed with the set back.
At best, McGowan will provide depth as a rehabbing pitcher in the minors. However, if healthy, he is out of options and would have to clear waivers to remain in the minor leagues. He might just clear waivers, though, as he’s owed a guaranteed $1.5 million this year and next with a club option for $4 million in 2015.
As a fan of the game, I have to appreciate McGowan’s persistence to stick with it despite three shoulder surgeries. Hopefully he’ll bounce back, clear waivers, and provide minor league pitching depth. But as Jays fans will know, we don’t expect much of anything from McGowan, despite the size of his heart.
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