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Dustin McGowan returns to the majors after a three-year absence

Sep 5, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

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The last time Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan threw a pitch in a major league baseball game was in 2008.  In between then and now he has had multiple shoulder surgeries and a knee injury. But for the past month or so he has been throwing rehab games and they’ve been pretty good. In twelve rehab starts between high-A and double-A he has a 2.80 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 35 and a third innings.

And now the Jays have activated him.

Earlier this summer there was talk of turning him into a closer. It’s unclear where the Jays stand on that right now, but his starts in the minors notwithstanding, you’d expect that we’d see him out of the pen sometime this week. But really, given his long road back, seeing him in any role whatsoever would be pretty spiffy.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 5, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    He never gave up hope despite all the injuries.

    • cur68 - Sep 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM

      I hope he keeps rocking the big side burns. Brett Cecil hasn’t exactly brought glory to the muttonchops like McGowan used to. I’m glad he’s still pitching and I really hope to see him back up soon.

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