Dustin McGowan: Can you have season-ending surgery -- twice?
This morning in the course of his daily briefing, Jays' manager Cito Gaston casually mentioned knee surgery to starting pitcher Dustin McGowan. There was a pause in the conversation.
The club had never announced that the already injured right-hander blew his left knee out working out in Dunedin and that July 9 surgery had been performed by Dr. Steve Mirabello.
Double jeopardy for the hard-luck McGowan. He had already been pronounced out for the season because of a slow bounceback from debridement surgery performed last July 31, so one assumes the club just didn't think it important for fans to know.
"He just blew his knee out running. It's not a setback," GM J.P. Ricciardi opined, sounding for all the world like the "dangerous-toy" president, a character on Saturday Night Live in the '80s. "Six weeks on his knee it's going to set him back."
Who's his personal trainer? Jeff Gilhooly?
"He's like John Travolta's Bubble Boy. He just can't stay healthy," Ricciardi said.
McGowan, after originally being expected to come back some time in June, had long ago been written off as a possibility for pitching any time in 2009. The best-case scenario is that he will be able to participate in some capacity at spring training next year.