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Oft-injured Dustin McGowan to undergo shoulder surgery

Aug 7, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

Dustin McGowan Reuters

Blue Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan is going back under the knife, this time for arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

McGowan previously underwent shoulder surgeries in 2008 and 2010, and basically hasn’t been healthy in four years, throwing a grand total of 21 innings since 2008. All of which is why it was so odd when the Blue Jays decided to sign McGowan to a three-year, $4.1 million contract extension in March.

He hasn’t pitched since then in the minors or majors, and the Blue Jays won’t know how long he’ll be sidelined this time around until Dr. James Andrews takes a look inside his shoulder.

Toronto rookie Drew Hutchison is undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery later this week and the Blue Jays already lost Kyle Drabek to his second Tommy John surgery earlier this season.

  1. cur68 - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    You forgot Louis Perez, our Bull Pen long relief guy. Good thing about all that free healthcare, eh? -sigh-

  2. jaysfan64 - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Hope this isn’t the end for McG but it might be – he’s said before he won’t do another shoulder surgery and the accompanying rehab (who’d blame him?)…just the fact he made it back last season and still had the arsenal (albeit rusty) was phenomenal…I wish him all the best…

  3. jaysfan64 - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    And the contract was not odd – AA thought he should be rewarded for how far he came, it represented a relatively low risk-high reward for the club, and they did not want a repeat of the Chris Carpenter screwup…

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    I do not understand why Aaron does not understand why the Jays resigned McGowan to a contract. The Jays watched him pitch in September. He looked like his old self. The velocity was there. Control was a bit rusty, but that was to be expected. The risk reward parameters were good. McGowan has the upside potential to be a top of the rotation starter. The Jays also remember what happened when they removed the often injured Chris Carpenter from their 40 man rotation and did not want a repeat situation. St Louis knew that Carpenter would not be able to pitch for an entire year, yet signed him anyways.

    It was also a message about loyalty to their players. McGowan had worked hard to recover from surgery and the team stood by him. They will also stand by Drabek, Perez and Hutchinson as they attempt to recover from their injuries.

    • Detroit Michael - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      I also thought it was a decent gamble at the time. If he was healthy, McGowan potentially would have made much, much more in arbitration.

    • paint771 - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      That last paragraph is I think a key point – and one AA underscored himself. $1.3 a year for three years for a pitcher with the capacity to come back and be a rotation starter is not very much, but even if he never came back, there was still something to be gained by what is, on an organizational level, by no means a bank-busting signing – it sends a message to players throughout that the organization has their back and if you’re loyal, if you work hard, if you’re a team player, you won’t necessarily be treated like a piece of meat and may get a contract not based on an actuarial table. That has value, beyond whatever McGowan does or doesn’t do, and ultimately does pay dividends.

      That same thinking, incidentally, was what led AA to extend Bautista when that looked like by no means a sure thing. It was taking a chance, but on a guy worth taking a chance on. It’s also allowed AA to capture talent (Rasmus, Escobar) that other organizations had given up on, because Toronto had built a different kind of environment. I think we may see some upside to that in the future, both within the system but even among draft picks and free agents.

  5. skeleteeth - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Was this the guy that copied Halladay’s delivery??

    • cur68 - Aug 7, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      Charlie Morton

    • Bryz - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      Also to a lesser extent, Brandon McCarthy, but I’m sure you were looking for Morton.

  6. jaysfan64 - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Proudly: These kids who write these blogs are mostly stats and numbers oriented…and according to strictly numbers, McG should have probably been reduced by 20% or even non-tendered in the off-season…but stats alone do not tell the complete story…you hit it bang on when you stated AA wanted to send a message – to both players with the Jays and outside the organization – that if you put in the work you will be rewarded..thankfully Beeston and AA do not operate by numbers alone…

  7. harrysatchel - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Wonder what the group rate is at Dr. Andews office?

  8. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Annnnnnnd there goes the Sun, setting in the West

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