Manager John Gibbons confirmed RHP Dustin McGowan will make his next start for the Toronto Blue Jays. Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Dustin McGowan will make his next start for Toronto Blue Jays

According to comments made by manager John Gibbons on Sportsnet 590 The FAN (h/t Ben Nicholson-Smith, Sportsnet), Dustin McGowan will make his next scheduled start for the Toronto Blue Jays on May 4th.

After Marcus Stroman had his Triple-A start skipped to align with McGowan’s schedule and followed up with a ten strikeout performance, many thought the veteran right-hander may soon be moved out of the rotation if his struggles continued.

However, with an insulin pack strapped to his body, McGowan answered the call beautifully by pitching into the seventh inning for the second time this season and despite striking out just two he pitched admirably in a game that was blown by the Blue Jays’ bullpen. It was about as you could ask for from McGowan, who nearly as good as his second start of the season in Baltimore.

How much longer will McGowan last? It appears that Stroman is more than ready to step in if needed and J.A. Happ you would assume is just waiting for another chance to redeem himself. Todd Redmond and Esmil Rogers are options but mediocre ones at best in my opinion.

If McGowan makes it through June it will be a huge win for the Blue Jays. At that point Stroman can be called up while avoiding Super Two implications, which don’t sound like a huge deal but can save a team millions in arbitration raises over the course of a player’s controllable years.

For now the pitching staff appears to be hanging on, if only by a thread. However back-to-back quality starts from McGowan would at least help put some questions to rest about the back end of the rotation.

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  • brad

    As much as I really want McGowan to succeed in the rotation…. and think he probably can(diabetes is a much bigger problem for athletes than people pretend), I was kind of hoping he would pitch poorly Tuesday simply to relieve some of the bullpen nonsense going on right now.

    Here’s a question for ya. If the team thinks Stroman is ready, and for some inexplicable reason also believes that Morrow can handle a rotation spot, why have they overcrowded the bullpen with 3 longmen as not to lose rotation depth? If you look at the AAA rotation, you have guys like Stroman, Drabek, Nolin, Hendricks and Jenkins who I would put ahead of Happ and Rogerson the depth chart…..and that isn’t even mentioning the fact that should either Rogers or Happ(and even to a lesser extent, Redmond) need to spot start, they are no longer stretched out enough.

    neat corollary trend:The blue Jays started with an 8 man pen on April 13…. the next series was at Minnesota and the pen was horrible(that 8th inning still gives me nightmares). The next series was against Cleveland and the pen almost blew the first game and did blow the last game. The next series was against Baltimore where Redmond blew game 2(though McGowan didn’t give enough length to pin this one entirely on the pen) and Cecil blew game 3. Against Boston the pen was pretty good then we had that game 1 meltdown in KC. Again, not a lot of data, but before that April 13th game the pen had no losses.

    Hurting the pen(arguably), not adding value…. why??