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Dustin McGowan shut down at least two weeks with shoulder inflammation

Apr 26, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

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Many scratched their heads when the Blue Jays signed injury-prone right-hander Dustin McGowan to a contract extension in March which guarantees him $4.1 million. And the deal doesn’t look any better with today’s news.

According to John Lott of the National Post, McGowan has been shut down for at least two weeks after developing inflammation in his throwing shoulder while rehabbing from from plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

McGowan visited Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday and structural damage was ruled out following an MRI, but this is still a troubling development for someone who has already undergone two shoulder surgeries in his career.

After a long road of surgeries and setbacks, McGowan made it back to the big leagues last year for the first time since 2008 and posted a 6.43 ERA and 20/13 K/BB ratio over 21 innings. Despite the poor results, the 30-year-old was considered a rotation candidate prior to his foot injury. Guy just can’t catch a break.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 26, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    A few years ago the Jays gave up on a similar talented but injury prone pitcher by the name of Carpenter. St. Louis picked up Carpenter even though they knew that he would miss the next season. The rest is history. The Jays did not want history to repeat itself. Last season, McGowan pitched quite well; however his ERA was inflated because he was left out an inning too long several times. He was impressive this spring, before the foot problem occurred.

  2. missthemexpos - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Considering the huge money spent by teams on mediocre pitching, $4.1 million over 2 years is not too high a price to gamble on a home grown player who has shown real talent previously. And as PC has stated, the memory of Chris Carpenter still lingers.

  3. 32bigg - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Even if he never pitches another MLB inning, $4.1 million over 2 years is nothing compared to what Boston is throwing away on Carl Crawford, or Anaheim on Vernon Wells, or that plenty of other teams are losing on failed investments.

    Either way, I don’t mind the team paying Dustin that money considering how much work he has put in over the last 2 years, mentally and physically.

    And even if you don’t think he deserves it, the fact that the Blue Jays have shown loyalty in the face of ridicule has to be attractive to potential free agents. That’s worth the money.

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