Major league pitcher and Long County native Dustin McGowan got a positive report from the Toronto Blue Jay’s general manager Friday after the right-hander threw off a mound at the team’s spring training complex in Dunedin, Fla.
In the report provided by the Jays, GM Alex Anthropoulos said, "He threw off a mound today and he didn‘t have any pain or any soreness. It went well and he looked good and it’s a step in the right direction"
Anthropoulos wouldn’t speculate on a timeframe for McGowan’s return, but he did say the Blue Jays’ training staff said McGowan looked great.
Toronto’s spring training begins in March, but McGowan and his family went down to Florida early last month to begin preparing for the upcoming season.
McGowan’s mother, Tara Manning, is happy with her son’s progress. "We were down there a couple of weeks ago to see him, and he said then that he felt good and was ready for the season to get started."
McGowan last pitched a game on July 8, 2008, when he started against the Baltimore Orioles. He left that game due to pain in his right shoulder. Since then, the ace has had surgery on the shoulder and has been struggling to get back to the level that had him solidly in the Blue Jay’s rotation.
McGowan is one of several pitchers looking to plant himself in that rotation when the club opens the season in April.