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Dustin McGowan building up arm strength in another comeback bid

May 31, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

Dustin McGowan Reuters

Blue Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan, last seen on a major league mound in July 2008, has hit 95 mph on the gun while throwing in extended spring training and should begin a rehab assignment in about three weeks, according to manager John Farrell.

Shi Davidi reports that the Jays are considering stretching out McGowan and attempting to bring him back as a starter. They’ll start by pitching him two innings at a time. They’re going as slow as possible with him, so they plan on leaving him in extended spring training until that wraps up on June 20. Then he could begin a 30-day rehab assignment if he’s still healthy.

McGowan has underwent both labrum and rotator cuff surgeries since last pitching for the Blue Jays. A 2000 supplemental first-round pick, he was long a top prospect. In his one mostly full major league season, he went 12-10 with a 4.08 ERA and a 144/61 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings in 2007.  He hurt his shoulder the next year and has struggled ever since to make it back.

  1. cur68 - May 31, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Good luck to the kid. He had a hell of an arm. Be good to see him back.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 1, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    there comes a time when you call it a day, right now is that time for this guy

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