An injury has again taken its toll on former Long County pitcher Dustin McGowan. After experiencing discomfort on the bottom of his right foot, the Toronto Blue Jays hurler was diagnosed March 26 with plantar fasciitis.
On Sunday, Major League Baseball writer Gregor Chisholm reported that Blue Jay manager John Farrell said the injury will keep McGowan out at least through April. Farrell is quoted as saying that whatever time McGowan is unable to throw, he will also be out the same time for rehabilitation of his arm.
“Let’s say he misses 2 1/2 weeks, he’ll need 2 1/2 more weeks to get back to the game status he was in when he came out,” Farrell said.
McGowan had been slated to assume the fifth position in the Blue Jays’ rotation. Last September, the former Blue Tide star returned to action with the Blue Jays after being out for nearly three years with multiple injuries and surgeries. In action last season he went 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA in 21 innings.
Plantar fasciitis usually is caused by overexertion of the arch tendon, resulting in pain. Treatment usually consists of rest and massage therapy.