Game 96: Cleveland at Toronto pregame

knee.jpgChatting with manager Cito Gaston today, us scribes decided to see if there were any updates on injured starters Shaun Marcum and Dustin McGowan. A pretty routine move for a relaxed afternoon pregame session.

Marcum made a successful rehab start on Tuesday, but there’s no established timetable for his return to the rotation just yet. McGowan? He had knee surgery a few weeks ago.

Stunned silence from the reporters.

“What, you guys didn’t know that?” Gaston asked.

Umm, no. And I’m pretty sure we’ve asked how McGowan was doing at some point over the past couple weeks. But, I digress. Back to the point.

According to general manager J.P. Ricciardi, McGowan — already on a long road to recovery from the right shoulder surgery he had July of last year — blew his left knee out while running during routine conditioning drills. He had surgery on July 9 to repair cartilage and Ricciardi said the pitcher needs roughly six weeks to recover from the operation.

It’s another setback for a pitcher who was supposed to be a legit No. 2 guy on the staff by now. That was before his shoulder issues came up last season. Back in May, when the Jays were on the road in Atlanta, I spoke with McGowan after he began working through some long toss sessions and he sounded optimistic about his progress.

He just can’t seem to catch a break.

When it was clear that McGowan’s pace made him a long shot to return early this season, as the team initially hoped, the chances of him returning at all this year became slim. Now, there’s zero chance you’ll see McGowan back with the Jays this season. At this point, given this latest setback, all Toronto can do is wait to see how McGowan looks come Spring Training.

Today’s lineups:

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Indians.jpgCLEVELAND INDIANS (37-58)
Fifth place AL Central, 13.5 GB

1. Grady Sizemore, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Victor Martinez, DH
5. Jhonny Peralta, 3B
6. Ryan Garko, 1B
7. Ben Francisco, LF
8. Jamey Carroll, 2B
9. Chris Gimenez, C

Starter: LHP David Huff (4-4, 6.60)

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgTORONTO BLUE JAYS (47-48)
Fourth place AL East, 10.5 GB

1. Marco Scutaro, DH
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Adam Lind, LF
4. Kevin Millar, 1B
5. Vernon Wells, CF
6. Alex Rios, RF
7. Jose Bautista, 3B
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. John McDonald, SS

Starter: LHP Marc Rzepczynski (1-1, 2.50)

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  1. yerouttaheah

    Oh, yeah, it’s not as if we would want to know about how our number 2 (or number 1) pitcher is doing!

  2. gsjays

    I’d bet McGowan never comes back. This is standard fare from JP, remember Ryan’s back injury? I know for fact JP has been asked about McGowan last week and didn’t mention this at all.

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