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McGowans shoulder sugery successful
Dustin McGowan - photo by Photo provided.
Dustin McGowan had his surgery Thursday, and according to his wife Jilly, everything went well.
"Dustin had successful surgery, and is doing well. The doctor was very positive and optimistic about his full recovery," she said.
According to the pitcher's wife, he was operated on by sports medicine specialist Dr. Tim Kremchck in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the 26-year-old McGowan began rehab on Friday.
According to a news release by the Toronto Blue Jays, McGowan had a debridement procedure to repair fraying of the labrum in McGowan's right arm, which is the one he throws with.  During the operation, it was determined that the pitcher did not need further surgery on his rotator cuff, as was earlier feared.
The Long County native was placed on the disabled list for the Blue Jays on July 9, after an MRI showed a slight tear in the rotator cuff. However, prior to the surgery, it was determined that this was not the primary problem, and that the tear appeared to be in the same condition as  last year.  According to the Jays, the MRIs taken last month showed no worse condition of the rotator cuff, and according to the team, this type of condition is "normal wear and tear for pitchers."
With the rotator cuff not requiring further surgery, it is now estimated that McGowan will need around eight to nine months to fully recover.  Even though he has already begun rehabbing his shoulder, he will not be able to begin a throwing program for about four months.
"We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers; we definitely feel and appreciate the support from out hometown", said Jilly McGowan.
McGowan was in the middle of his first complete season as a major league starter, and had a 6-7 record before being placed on the DL.  He also had struck out 85 batters, going 111 1/3rd innings and had a 4.36 ERA.
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