Blue Jays' Dustin McGowan Shut Down With Shoulder Inflammation

Pitcher Dustin McGowan of the Toronto Blue Jays starts against the Houston Astros at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida. The Jays defeated the Astros 5-2. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Dustin McGowan was being counted on as part of Toronto's rotation for this season... but now he's going to miss more time with a shoulder problem.

Dustin McGowan has not thrown a major league pitch for the Blue Jays in 2012, and now we know why:

Arash Madani is a reporter for Sportsnet Canada, and he's got more details in subsequent tweets:

Seeing Dr. James Andrews is never a good thing for a baseball player, particularly a pitcher; shoulder surgery could be in McGowan's future. After throwing for a while:

This wouldn't be the first time McGowan has missed time with shoulder injuries; he missed half of 2008 and all of 2009 with debridement surgery on his right shoulder. Returning to the major leagues in 2011, he made just five appearances with a 6.43 ERA. At 30, the time for him to have a productive major league career is growing short.

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