Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan, a native of Ludowici, continues to be sidelined as he recovers from multiple shoulder injuries, according to the team’s website.
The Long County High School graduate has been out all season and also had his schedule slowed down as he continues to feel tightness and discomfort in his right shoulder.
McGowan had a 6-7 record with an earned-run average of 4.37 and 85 strikeouts before he was forced to leave a game early in July 2008. That same year, McGowan underwent surgery to repair fraying of the labrum and was expected to return during the 2009 season.
He had another setback in 2010 when he underwent another surgery for a torn rotator cuff.
After a three-year hiatus, McGowan was back on the mound against the Boston Red Sox in September. He pitched four innings, striking out five batters while walking three and gave up three earned runs.
In March, he signed a two-year, $3 million contract extension.
On March 26, McGowan, was sidelined again, this time diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. McGowan is on the 60-day disabled list.
McGowan was drafted out of high school with the 33rd pick in the 2000 Major League Baseball draft.