McGowan Working His Way Back

Dustin McGowan showed so much promise. The former first rounder was once considered the Blue Jays top prospect in their farm system. McGowan's rookie season was in 2007 when he posted a decent 12-10 record with an ERA of 4.08, solidifying his spot as a potential number two starter. Injuries plagued the right-hander starting in 2008 and he's been fighting his way back ever since.

He always had shoulder problems starting in '08. "It just happened as I pitched over the year and by the end of the year, It was too much pain so the Blue Jays and I decided to go the surgery route," said McGowan.

McGowan only pitched halfway through the '08 season posting 6-7 record with a 4.37 ERA before having season ending surgery on the shoulder. He had surgery on a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder.

"It was definitely one of the worst things I went through in my career. I felt hopeless because I couldn't do my job and help the team out. The rehabbing also took awhile and it felt like I would never get back," said McGowan.

McGowan had a hopeful start-up again for the 2009 campaign, but his rehabbing went slower than expected. He also ended up getting injured again while rehabbing. This time his knee. He ended up tearing cartilage in his knee and needed surgery again for that. It took an extra six weeks for that to heal and ultimately missed the entire 2009 season.

"After I injured my knee I knew it would be a long road ahead as far as rehabbing goes but it was just something that I had to push through," said McGowan.

With a lost 2009 season, 2010 was the target date for McGowan to start pitching again. Things were looking up with his rehabbing when he was targeted for his first start in almost two years. But further bad luck bestowed him. McGowan found out he had a torn rotator cuff and it would be four to six months before he could start pitching again.

Now McGowan is in New Hampshire and is looking forward to getting back to Toronto.

"The rehabbing is going really good, getting closer and closer every day and looking forward to getting back up there in September right after this season is done," said McGowan.

He also had 7 rehabbing starts in Dunedin, FL going 0-2 with a 2.87 ERA and five no-decisions. In New Hampshire, he has had one game pitched with a no decision and only four innings pitched but no runs allowed.

McGowan has four different pitches in his repertoire. A fastball, changeup curve and a slider that he considers his best pitch.

"The slider I think is my go to pitch, it's the best off speed pitch as far as control," said McGowan.

Also while he is rehabbing, McGowan is looking to improve his consistency.

"I definitely want to stay consistent while I'm down here to get ready. Just try to stay consistent as far as walks and strikes go, that sort of thing," he added.

Manager Sal Fasano who caught McGowan during his playing days has high hopes for McGowan's future.

"If he can regain his form from the past then he can be understanding for the Blue Jays. It's a testament how he is as a player with a couple major injuries and bouncing back from them to help the team."


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\r\n \r\n\r\nHe always had shoulder problems starting in '08. \"It just happened as I pitched over the year and by the end of the year, It was too much pain so the Blue Jays and I decided to go the surgery route,\" said McGowan.
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\r\nMcGowan only pitched halfway through the '08 season posting 6-7 record with a 4.37 ERA before having season ending surgery on the shoulder. He had surgery on a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder.
\r\n
\r\n\"It was definitely one of the worst things I went through in my career. I felt hopeless because I couldn't do my job and help the team out. The rehabbing also took awhile and it felt like I would never get back,\" said McGowan.
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\r\nMcGowan had a hopeful start-up again for the 2009 campaign, but his rehabbing went slower than expected. He also ended up getting injured again while rehabbing. This time his knee. He ended up tearing cartilage in his knee and needed surgery again for that. It took an extra six weeks for that to heal and ultimately missed the entire 2009 season.
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\r\n\"After I injured my knee I knew it would be a long road ahead as far as rehabbing goes but it was just something that I had to push through,\" said McGowan.
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\r\nWith a lost 2009 season, 2010 was the target date for McGowan to start pitching again. Things were looking up with his rehabbing when he was targeted for his first start in almost two years. But further bad luck bestowed him. McGowan found out he had a torn rotator cuff and it would be four to six months before he could start pitching again.
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\r\nNow McGowan is in New Hampshire and is looking forward to getting back to Toronto.
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\r\n\"The rehabbing is going really good, getting closer and closer every day and looking forward to getting back up there in September right after this season is done,\" said McGowan.
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\r\nHe also had 7 rehabbing starts in Dunedin, FL going 0-2 with a 2.87 ERA and five no-decisions. In New Hampshire, he has had one game pitched with a no decision and only four innings pitched but no runs allowed.
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\r\nMcGowan has four different pitches in his repertoire. A fastball, changeup curve and a slider that he considers his best pitch.
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\r\n\"The slider I think is my go to pitch, it's the best off speed pitch as far as control,\" said McGowan.
\r\n
\r\nAlso while he is rehabbing, McGowan is looking to improve his consistency.
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\r\n\"I definitely want to stay consistent while I'm down here to get ready. Just try to stay consistent as far as walks and strikes go, that sort of thing,\" he added.
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\r\nManager Sal Fasano who caught McGowan during his playing days has high hopes for McGowan's future.
\r\n
\r\n\"If he can regain his form from the past then he can be understanding for the Blue Jays. It's a testament how he is as a player with a couple major injuries and bouncing back from them to help the team.\"
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