Dustin McGowan closes in on starter spot with Blue Jays

Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan is the favourite to land the fifth spot in the Jays' starting...

Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan is the favourite to land the fifth spot in the Jays' starting rotation. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:12 PM ET

BRADENTON, FLA. - If it was a horse race, they’d be holding an inquiry.

Rounding the final turn and heading into the stretch, Dustin McGowan has come from way off the pace to take the lead in the race for the rotation at 100-1 odds.

Those that would have bet on McGowan at the start of spring training are few, but right now, he is the even-money favourite to land the final rotation spot.

While J.A. Happ was getting pounded by the Pirates in Bradenton, McGowan turned in another powerful performance, this time in his four innings (62 pitches) in a minor-league game at Dunedin.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos was at the minor-league game and loved what he saw. The question for the Jays is where do they go from here?

“We have to make a decision about what we’re going to do with him,” Anthopoulos told reporters. “I just don’t know. The No. 1 priority is his health. I even asked him, ‘When do you start to have a sense?’


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