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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Toronto Blue Jays’ Dustin McGowan wins a rotation spot as club sets opening-day roster

McGowan, 32, lost the better part of five years to shoulder injuries. Once a promising starter, he told management at the end of last season that he wanted to try to win a rotation job. But a 10-day bout with the flu seemed to knock him out of the running because he had not been stretched out enough to set himself up for that role.

He expected to wind up in the bullpen again. “It seemed like time was running short on me,” he said Thursday before learning of his new assignment.

But in his past two outings, he has thrown 48 and 62 pitches, and assuming no setbacks, management is betting that another start on Sunday will prepare him for the job.

The Jays will use an 8 man bullpen and Josh Thole beat out Erik Kratz to win the backup/knuckleball catcher job.

Good cripple hitter Posted: March 26, 2014 at 11:13 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, comebacks, dustin mcgowan

Monday, November 11, 2013

Tomo Ohka Attempting Big League Comeback as Knuckleballer

A good knuckleball has the unique ability to revive a baseball career. Tomo Ohka is looking to harness the pitch’s magic.

Ohka, who last appeared in the majors with the Indians in 2009, is attempting to make it back to The Show as a knuckleballer, according to NikkanSports.com. The 37-year-old reportedly turned to the pitch after having shoulder surgery in 2011.

[...]

Ohka posted a 3.73 ERA in 21 games with the Toyama Thunderbirds of Japan’s Baseball Challenge League in 2013, and arrived in the United States in October to continue training.

Good cripple hitter Posted: November 11, 2013 at 07:35 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, knuckleball, tomo ohka

 

 

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