Dustin McGowan slotted into Blue Jays bullpen

Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan threw three scoreless innings against the Phillies on Thursday,...

Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan threw three scoreless innings against the Phillies on Thursday, March 20, 2014. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:04 AM ET

DUNEDIN, FLA. - Dustin McGowan officially is out of the race for a job in the rotation.

It’s doubtful he was ever in one if truth be told.

McGowan entered the Blue Jays camp thinking he was in the running, but due to the host of past injuries that have retarded his career, the Jays proceeded with him cautiously.

In Thursday’s game against the Phillies at fabulous Bright House Field, McGowan threw for three innings, the longest he has gone this spring.

The other candidates for the starting rotation have thrown between 75-100 pitches while the 45 that McGowan threw Thursday is his highest total of the spring.

But the three innings is as far as it goes and when the Jays open up March 31 against the Tampa Bay Rays, McGowan will be in the bullpen in long relief.


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