Long County native Dustin McGowan’s comeback came to a halt when he strained his right oblique against the Oakland Athletics on July 29.
On Thursday, the Blue Jays announced that the 31-year-old pitcher was on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to the day that the injury occurred. McGowan’s injury took place in the bottom of the sixth inning while pitching to Yoenis Cespedes. McGowan faced five more batters before being pulled by Toronto manager John Gibbons.
According to an Aug. 4 article on MLB.com, the Blue Jays report that there is no definite timetable for McGowan’s return. An MRI was conducted on McGowan on Aug. 2, but the team has not released any information on the results.
McGowan is no stranger to the disabled list, having been on it for the majority of his career since 2008. During the past five years, McGowan had been plagued by injuries, having issues with his shoulders, knee and plantar fasciitis. After a brief stint in Major League Baseball in 2011, he finally got his chance to get back on the mound June 8 as a relief pitcher.
Since McGowan’s return as a late-inning reliever, he has allowed 12 hits and nine walks in 17 innings, with a 2.12 ERA and 17 strikeouts.
Entering Tuesday’s action, the Blue Jays were last in the American League East with a 52-60 record and were 15 games behind division leader Boston and 10.5 games behind Texas in the wild-card race with 50 games left.