Posts Tagged 'dustin mcgowan comeback 2012'

Dustin McGowan Roughed Up in Minor League Start

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.

 

Blue Jays Spring Training Recap – March 15, 2012

Dustin McGowan was once again impressive, touching 95-96 on the radar gun and helped the Jays cruise to another victory 6-3 over the Astro’s.  It will be nice when the Astro’s become a permanent AL opponent.  Read the full recap here.

The Blue Jays improved their Grapefruit League record to 11-2 with a 6-3 Grapefruit League win over the Astros on Thursday at Osceloa County Stadium.

Right-hander Dustin McGowan allowed just one unearned run in his three innings and has now pitched five innings with one unearned run this spring. Jordan Schafer led off with a walk and went to third when catcher Travis d’Arnaud’s pickoff attempt sailed into right field. He scored when Angel Sanchez grounded out.

The Blue Jays jumped on Astros starter Zach Duke for a pair of runs in each of the first two innings.

Up next: Left-hander Ricky Romero will be making his third Grapefruit League start when the Blue Jays return to Florida Auto Exchange Stadium for a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Rays. Chad Jenkins, Jason Frasor and Drew Carpenter are also expected to get work. This could be the first time the Rays face former teammate Jose Molina, who signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent after last season.

Dustin McGowan Is Out Of Options

A quick blurb from Ben Nicholson-Smith at MLB Trade Rumours as he discussed players on the Blue Jays that are out of options and will have to clear waivers if they are going to be sent to the minor leagues. 

 Rajai Davis, Luis Perez, Sergio Santos and Luis Valbuena. Jeff Mathis and Dustin McGowan have five-plus years of service and are out of options.

Analysis: Most of these players will either be almost guaranteed a spot on the opening day roster (Davis, Santos, Mathis) or the Jays will not be afraid to expose to other teams (Perez and Valbuena).

However, Dustin McGowan would make an interesting gamble by a team looking for a talented, yet troubled right arm.  McGowan actually made some progress and pitched a few innings for the Jays in 2011 and is a wildcard rotation contender.  I am sure the Jays would not want to lose him and potentially see him blossom elsewhere, like Chris Carpenter.

In other Blue Jays news the team announced they’ve designated outfielder Darin Mastroianni for assignment to open a 40-man roster spot for reliever Francisco Cordero, who recently signed a 1-year, $4.5 million dollar deal.

A former top 25 prospect for the Jays, Mastroianni, 26, hit .268/.353/.377 in 562 plate appearance last year across Double and Triple-A, making his big league debut for one game in August.  Mastroianni mostly played center and left field in the minors


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