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McGowan probably out until September
Dustin McGowan - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Dustin McGowan, who recently was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Toronto Blue Jays, might be out a little longer than early reports indicated.
According to McGowan's mother, Tarra Manning, her son  informed her that he probably wouldn't be back on the mound until at least late August or early September.
Manning said her son tore his right rotator cuff last year, and the initial MRI report last week showed the extent of this injury was about the same.
McGowan said last week that his shoulder had been bothering him in recent starts, but he had been able to work through it. However, he was placed on the disabled list prior to last week's game against the Baltimore Orioles.
McGowan, who was in the middle of his first complete year as a major league pitcher, started 19 games before succumbing to the injury.
Last year the right-hander was brought up from Triple-A Syracuse, and had a 12-10 record with a 4.08 ERA.  On June 24, 2007, the Long County native became only the sixth pitcher in Blue Jay history to carry a no-hitter into the ninth inning. Dave Stieb ended McGowan's bid for immortality with a single in the ninth, but the one-hit game was still only the 17th in the club's history.
For his career, the 26-year-old has started 56 games, compiling a 20-22 record with a 4.71 ERA. He completed three games, gave up 346 hits, 185 earned runs, 32 homers and walked 141 batters while striking out 285.
Before being placed on the
disabled list last week McGowan had a 6-7 record with a 4.37 ERA.  He also had completed 1 game this year, pitching 111 1/3rd innings giving up 54 earned runs.  He had allowed 115 hits, 9 homeruns, 38 walks, and struck out 85 opposing batters.
McGowan was a star baseball and basketball player at Long County High School having been a MVP in both sports.  He was an All-Region basketball player and went All-State in basketball, before being drafted out of high school by Toronto.
McGowan and his wife, Jilly, are expecting their first child in mid-October.
"Dustin is about to begin rehabbing his shoulder, and he can't wait to get back out and start pitching again", Manning said.
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