No need to panic quite yet but Dustin McGowan had a bit of a setback in his comeback bid today. The good news, he felt fine after throwing 68 pitches to the New York Yankees A-ball squad. The bad news, McGowan was very inconsistent and got hit around by young, nowhere near MLB ready minor leaguers.
His line was ugly, throwing 2.1 IPs, allowing 6 hits and 5 earned - McGowan walked 2 and struck out 5 hitters.
Analysis: There were bound to be a few ugly days like this and it was only one start but it has to be disconcerting to the Jays brass that a pitcher they are counting upon to give them 25+ starts in 2012 got touched up by inferior competition.
Let’s see how McGowan bounces back in his next appearance this coming Sunday versus the Boston Red Sox where is scheduled to throw 5 innings.