McGowan looks impressive

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:26 PM ET

DUNEDIN Stop me if youve heard this one before but one of the most impressive arms so far in camp belongs to Dustin McGowan.

McGowan, who has not pitched in a major-league game since July of 2008 and has had his arm surgically repaired twice since then is throwing free and easy, with good velocity and movement. He tossed his third bullpen session off a mound in the last eight days on Friday.

Mindful that he has been in this place before, even McGowan is proceeding with caution. He knows this is probably his last shot at a comeback.

Were just taking it day-by-day, see how we feel and go from there, said McGowan.

The first year and last year it was kind of tough (not knowing when he would get back), he said. Now, I dont want a timeline. This is basically my last chance to get right and I want to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Theres no way to go through another surgery like that. I just want to make sure everything heals properly and that we get it right this time.

That is the feeling of everyone from top to bottom in the Blue Jays food chain. There is no rush. Time will tell.

The biggest thing with Dustin as I look at it is that hes making every scheduled bullpen session, said manager John Farrell. The most important thing is he walks off that mound and he feels good about himself.

Those are indications he is moving forward and, at the appropriate time, hell be in games.

Rauch throwing again

Reliever Jon Rauch resumed throwing Friday several days after turning his ankle walking down a flight of stairs.

Its kind of back to normal, said Rauch. Were still going to be cautious. Theres no real reason to rush things and create a bigger problem than there already is.

Its still day-by-day but right now it feels pretty good.

While his ankle didnt give him problems, he had trouble with his landing foot. The 6-foot-11 right-hander was striding beyond the normal landing spot on the mound and not getting proper traction.

Bigger guy, longer stride, not as much clay, said Rauch. Hopefully theyll get it resolved. Im not the only tall guy in camp and Im sure its a problem for other guys as well. Well address that issue and go on from there.

Farrell likes look of Lawrie

Even before hes seen him swing a bat or make a play in a game, manager John Farrell is impressed by Brett Lawrie.

Hes a good looking kid, said Farrell. You look at his actions, the explosiveness, the quick-twitch type of body type, the way he moves, the way he runs.

At double-A Huntsville in 2010, Lawrie had 36 doubles an incredible 16 triples and eight home runs.

Its no secret why he put up the numbers he did last year in double-A. Not only the stolen bases but the extra-base hits. You get a 20-year-old who has 60 extra base hits in double-A, thats a good number. Hes putting himself in a very select group of position players throughout the game.

There is no timetable for Lawrie to get to Toronto. Farrell is just confident it will happen.

We feel very confidently hes going to be an impact bat at the major-league level, said Farrell. What the timeline is on that, hes going to tell us rather than us try to pinpoint a date.


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