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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.

Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: March 26, 2014 at 11:13 AM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: blue jays, comebacks, dustin mcgowan

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   1. Bruce Markusen Posted: March 26, 2014 at 01:24 PM (#4677304)
Eight-man bullpen? This is getting ridiculous.
   2. Hal Chase School of Professionalism Posted: March 26, 2014 at 01:45 PM (#4677321)
I'll bet it doesn't stop there.
   3. RJ in TO Posted: March 26, 2014 at 01:56 PM (#4677328)
McGowan, 32, lost the better part of five years to shoulder injuries

And knee injuries, and diabetes, and the mange, and sonic diarrhea, and....
   4. zonk Posted: March 26, 2014 at 02:05 PM (#4677337)
8 man bullpen... wow...

So that means aside from the backup catcher, you basically have two extra guys - not counting whomever DHs?

I know the AL obviously doesn't do double-switching and whatnot but that seems awfully dumb - the extra bat/whomever DHs isn't actually all that versatile because you can't move him mid-game without losing the DH.

I suppose if you have a starting OF or two who can competently man all 3 spots and your utility IF is really versatile...
   5. Callum Posted: March 26, 2014 at 02:12 PM (#4677345)
The 8-man bullpen is likely temporary until Dustin McGowan is stretched out/proves he can remain healthy enough to start. Redmond/Rogers will piggy-back him until he is good and ready to "shoulder" a regular workload. Probably a few weeks, at most.
   6. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: March 26, 2014 at 02:20 PM (#4677355)
Redmond/Rogers will piggy-back him until he is good and ready to "shoulder" a regular workload. Probably a few weeks, at most.


You misspelled "never" there at the end.
   7. McCoy Posted: March 26, 2014 at 02:33 PM (#4677365)
To once again bring it back to OOTP, Ill occasionally go to a 6 man rotation when I've got 6 great healthy starters and if my pen is great as well I'll keep it at 7 men. Of course in OOTP the penalty for not having a back up catcher seems to be less severe than it would be in real life. Either that or having 18 5 star players on your team means you can pile up a lot of runs and prevent a lot of runs even if you had no one behind home plate.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2014 at 02:59 PM (#4677392)
Wow, McGowan? Did Mike Sirotka make it too?
   9. JJ1986 Posted: March 26, 2014 at 03:16 PM (#4677405)
Scott Richmond and Jesse Litsch were also considered.
   10. Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone Posted: March 26, 2014 at 03:17 PM (#4677409)
Here's how long McGowan has been around: he was a 2000 supplemental first-round pick awarded to the Jays when Graeme Lloyd signed with the Expos as a free agent.
   11. Matthew E Posted: March 26, 2014 at 04:36 PM (#4677487)
I hope McGowan wins the Cy Young award. I am very happy about this and I just hope it works out. Really there are three things that can happen here:

1. McGowan gets hurt. That would be a shame, but if it happens, the Jays just move up one of the other yutzes they were considering, Redmond or Rogers or whoever, and maybe call up a position player instead of another reliever.

2. McGowan is ineffective enough to lose his job in the rotation. This is the worst option, because it probably means we're stuck with the eight-man bullpen. Unless they decide to go to nine.

3. McGowan is effective.

Stupid eight-man bullpen. Originally I thought this idiocy was John Farrell's fault, but when it happened last year under Gibbons as well, I figured it must really be Anthopoulos's doing. On what planet is it more important that Todd Redmond not be lost on waivers than that the team win games?
   12. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: March 26, 2014 at 04:42 PM (#4677490)
This spring Scioscia made remarks making it seem like an 8-man pen was coming to the Angels. Dipoto quashed that pretty quickly.

Considering how easily most teams find one or two decent and unknown relievers every year or two why not let them run up 80-100 innings when they are throwing well and then discard them when they get hurt or become ineffective? They fall apart after seeing the league a few times anyway. Just ride the guys that are good while you have them and go with a 6-man pen and actually USE your bench....

   13. FrankM Posted: March 26, 2014 at 06:19 PM (#4677553)
Cripes, McGowan is 32? I still think of him as a promising young pitcher.
   14. AROM Posted: March 26, 2014 at 08:36 PM (#4677600)
I can understand not having a clear idea of his age given how much time he's missed. I think most people would guess the over though. He was drafted in the same round as Chase Utley, Adrian Gonzalez, and Rocco Baldelli.
   15. PreservedFish Posted: March 27, 2014 at 02:04 AM (#4677667)
I thought that McGowan had failed as a starter and then reinvented himself as a reliever, and put together at least a couple good years out of the bullpen. Apparently this did not happen.
   16. Matthew E Posted: March 27, 2014 at 09:33 AM (#4677712)
You may be thinking of Brett Cecil or Casey Janssen.
   17. PreservedFish Posted: March 27, 2014 at 10:17 AM (#4677730)
I might have been thinking of Dustin Hermanson.
   18. SG Posted: March 27, 2014 at 10:20 AM (#4677735)
I keep getting McGowan and Adam Loewen mixed up. I thought he had re-invented himself as an outfielder then went back to pitching.
   19. zonk Posted: March 27, 2014 at 10:57 AM (#4677760)
I get McGowan and Dustin Mosely mixed up often...
   20. formerly dp Posted: March 27, 2014 at 10:59 AM (#4677762)
Hard not to be rooting for McGowan here. And the Jays are due a bit of good luck in their rotation after the last couple of years.
   21. billyshears Posted: March 27, 2014 at 01:06 PM (#4677834)
So we've got Randy Wolf and Dustin McGowan. Is Jason Schmidt still around too? Odalis Perez? John Maine?
   22. RJ in TO Posted: March 27, 2014 at 01:29 PM (#4677849)
Hard not to be rooting for McGowan here. And the Jays are due a bit of good luck in their rotation after the last couple of years.


I think all Jays fans are rooting for McGowan. It's just that the rooting is tempered by the knowledge that him being in the rotation is a sign that a whole lot has gone wrong elsewhere, and that he's unlikely to make it through more than a month or so before his body gives up on him again.
   23. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 27, 2014 at 01:34 PM (#4677855)
So we've got Randy Wolf and Dustin McGowan. Is Jason Schmidt still around too? Odalis Perez? John Maine?

John Maine apparently made 4 relief appearances for the Marlins in 2013!

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