April 7, 2012
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
Neither starting pitcher on Saturday, Ubaldo Jimenez for Cleveland and Brandon Morrow for the Jays, stuck around for the decision. Both deserved the win.
Jimenez no-hit the Jays through six and gave up just one hit in his seven innings -- a two-run single by Brett Lawrie.
Morrow also allowed just one hit in his seven innings, a two-run home run by Jason Kipnis that followed a two-out throwing error to first by catcher J.P. Arencibia.
Naturally, Morrow was pleased with how he pitched and the results. "We executed our game plan pretty right on," Morrow said. "We stuck to that and it worked. I had a good changeup today."
The road to wellness is growing longer for pitcher Dustin McGowan.
Manager John Farrell reported Saturday that McGowan is still not even playing catch in Dunedin as he recovers from a case of plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
The problem first surfaced March 25 while McGowan was throwing in a minor-league game. He took himself out in the second inning and then attempted to play catch three days later. That attempt was also aborted as McGowan still felt some soreness and there were concerns that the foot pain affected his arm slot and put undue strain on his right shoulder, which underwent two surgeries that kept him out of baseball for close to three seasons.
"He has not begun to throw yet and continues to get treatment on it," Farrell said of McGowan. "We are continuing to make sure that we strengthen the shoulder. Even though the (foot) symptoms are gradually declining, it's still there and it's not to the point where we're confident to put the ball back in his hand."
Farrell admitted that McGowan's recovery process has dragged on much longer than first anticipated.
"I think it has," Farrell said. "What that means to the date of return is still open-ended."
Farrell went on to reveal that on the day McGowan attempted to play catch (March 28), he felt something in his shoulder.
"He felt some soreness in the shoulder as the result of varying the arm slot," Farrell said, parsing his words carefully. "So he didn't injure his shoulder but because the symptoms in the heel are still being felt and knowing he felt that in that game, that's why we're being so cautious here."
Farrell added that the soreness in McGowan's shoulder is now gone but then again, he's not even playing catch.
"Game One, you can take spring training and flush it after it's done." -- Farrell.