April 26, 2012
McGowan shut down after another setback
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
BALTIMORE - The Dustin McGowan story took a turn like it has so often in the past, with a sore shoulder and a trip to Alabama to see Dr. James Andrews.
Manager John Farrell revealed Thursday that the oft-injured right-hander, who came down with plantar fasciitis in his right foot at the end of spring training, suffered the shoulder setback as he was re-starting his throwing program in Dunedin.
“He has experienced some soreness in his shoulder in this early phase of his throwing and has been shut down two weeks,” Farrell said. “He has seen Dr. Andrews (on Wednesday) for a precautionary MRI and it’s confirmed there’s inflammation. There is no additional damage or new damage. Unfortunately he’s shut down for two weeks.”
During spring training, prior to the foot injury, McGowan, 30, was making steady progress and it looked as if he would take off from where he left the 2011 season when he came back to the Blue Jays to make four starts at the end of the campaign.
McGowan was on his way to nailing down the fifth spot in the rotation when on March 23, he took himself out of a minor-league game with the foot problem. He started throwing again about a week ago and was throwing long toss from 120 feet when the shoulder problem surfaced.
“It’s disappointing on a number of levels,” Farrell said. “First and foremost you think about his path that he’s come though, we’ve all talked about his resilience, but the fact is we were banking on him being part of this rotation, whether that was at the start of the year, and we fully expect him at some point to still be available. But it’s a blow to our overall starting depth.”
McGowan had yet to get back on the mound in his rehab and you have to wonder with all his past problems — two shoulder operations that kept him out of baseball from July 8, 2008 to last season where he made 12 minor-league starts before joining the Jays on Sept. 6 — if he can bounce back yet again.
A few days prior to his foot injury, the Jays signed him to a three-year contract with the first two seasons — 2013 and 2014 — guaranteed at $1.5 million with the club having a $4 million option on 2015.
Now you have to wonder if he’ll come back at all.