Player Page

Dustin McGowan | Relief Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/24/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

Latest News

Recent News

Dustin McGowan recorded five outs for his first career save Friday against the Orioles.
McGowan entered the game with two on and one out in the eighth inning and got Chris Davis to strike out swinging and Nelson Cruz to ground out to end the threat. He worked around a single from Manny Machado in the ninth inning to lock down the victory. McGowan has allowed just one run in 13 1/3 innings since being moved to the bullpen in mid-May. Jun 13 - 10:31 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


The Blue Jays are moving Dustin McGowan to the bullpen.

McGowan gets the boot after allowing four runs over four innings of work on Wednesday night against the Indians. On the bright side, the 32-year-old is healthy for once, but he owns a 5.08 ERA and 25/17 K/BB ratio over 39 innings. He could be more effective in shorter bursts out of the bullpen. No official word yet on his replacement, but top prospect Marcus Stroman is the most likely option.
May 15 - 4:16 PM

Dustin McGowan fell to 2-2 following Wednesday's start against the Indians, allowing four runs over four innings of work.

McGowan allowed nine hits, walked two, and struck out three in the effort. He has been unreliable in the rotation, now sitting with a 5.08 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. The Jays' bullpen didn't help matters, allowing 11 runs in the five innings after he exited the game. Prospect Marcus Stroman, hoping a spot opens up in the rotation, allowed five of those runs, which may give McGowan a tiny amount of extra breathing room. If McGowan gets another crack at it, he'll face the Red Sox on the road next.
May 14 - 11:05 PM

Dustin McGowan pitched five innings and allowed two runs Friday against the Angels.

McGowan was decent, but the Blue Jays are just postponing the inevitable by keeping him in the rotation and putting Marcus Stroman in the bullpen. Those two should switch roles before long.
May 9 - 11:11 PM

Dustin McGowan tossed seven innings of one-run ball in the Blue Jays' win over the Pirates on Sunday.

McGowan has been pitching for his job over his last two starts and has performed admirably under the circumstances, allowing three earned runs in 13 innings. Marcus Stroman is up in the majors now and will be breathing down McGowan's neck for a crack at a rotation spot.
May 4 - 4:35 PM

Dustin McGowan will make his next scheduled start Sunday against the Pirates.

McGowan has been inconsistent so far this season, but he allowed just two runs over six innings last time out against the Orioles, so the Blue Jays aren't ready to pull the plug just yet. Still, top prospect Marcus Stroman has been lined up to start on the same day as him in Triple-A and it's likely just a matter of time before he takes his place in the rotation.
May 1 - 5:36 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that Dustin McGowan will make his next scheduled start.

McGowan gave up six runs in four-plus innings Wednesday against the Orioles and now holds a 6.88 ERA through four starts. The oft-injured 31-year-old has admitted that he's dealing with a bit of fatigue, so he might not be long for the rotation if he continues to struggle. On a related note, Gibbons has considered the possibility of using a sixth starter to give the rotation some extra rest.
Apr 24 - 4:41 PM

Dustin McGowan was tagged for six runs in four-plus innings by the Orioles on Wednesday.

McGowan says he's healthy, but he talked after the game about hitting a wall after 60-65 pitches. If it continues, the Jays might figure they're better off with him in the bullpen. He's currently carrying a 6.88 ERA through four starts.
Apr 23 - 11:32 PM

Dustin McGowan yielded three runs in four innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Twins.

McGowan walked four tonight. He was terrific against the Orioles last week, but he's been ineffective in his other two starts to date. Given the likelihood of an injury down the line, he doesn't have much value in AL-only leagues.
Apr 17 - 11:26 PM

Dustin McGowan tossed 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball in a 2-0 win over the Orioles on Friday night.

The win was his first in the majors since June 22, 2008. McGowan held the Orioles to just five hits (four of them singles) and one walk while hitting two batters. He notched two strikeouts. Who knows how long he'll hold up, but he's a really easy story to root for.
Apr 11 - 9:48 PM

Dustin McGowan struggled in his season debut on Friday, surrendering four runs on eight hits over 2 2/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees.

The 32-year-old right-hander, making his first start since 2011, walked one and punched out three on the night. He draws a nice matchup against the Astros at home on Thursday, but is very difficult to trust as a streaming option in mixed leagues.
Apr 4 - 11:04 PM

Dustin McGowan has been named the Blue Jays' fifth starter.

He'll join R.A. Dickey, Drew Hutchison, Mark Buehrle, and Brandon Morrow in Toronto's rotation and will start the team's home opener. Meanwhile, J.A. Happ will begin the season on the disabled list due to a back injury. McGowan has only made four starts at the major league level since 2008 and remains a poor bet to stay healthy, but it will be an interesting story to follow at the very least.
Mar 26 - 9:47 AM

Dustin McGowan threw four innings Tuesday in a minor league game.

McGowan, who is suddenly being stretched out as a starter for the pitching-hungry Blue Jays, said he felt "great" during the outing. The 32-year-old is a poor bet to stay healthy, but he could have the leg up on Todd Redmond for the final rotation spot.
Mar 25 - 2:52 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons indicated Saturday that the team's plan is still to stretch out Dustin McGowan to see if he could possibly handle a spot in the team's rotation.

The Jays are severely hurting for starting pitching depth, and their back-end of the rotation looks questionable at best to begin the regular season. McGowan has always had talent, but has been unable to stay on the field, throwing a total of 46 2/3 innings since the 2008 end of the 2008 season.
Mar 22 - 9:24 AM

Dustin McGowan will begin the season in the bullpen.

McGowan successfully lobbied to be stretched out as a starter in spring training, but Toronto is apparently not willing to risk injury to the brittle right-hander by asking him to carry a starting load. The Blue Jays may elect to use him as a long reliever. "He's kind of in limbo there; we want to be able to stretch him out anyway," manager John Gibbons said when asked if McGowan had been eliminated from consideration for a starting spot. "If he's in the 'pen for multiple innings that would benefit us quite a bit down there. We know he can do two. If he can do three, that would do wonders for us."
Mar 20 - 6:18 PM

Depth Charts

C1Dioner Navarro
2Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2Matt Hague
2B1Steve Tolleson
2Ryan Goins
3Maicer Izturis
SS1Jose Reyes
3B1Brett Lawrie
2Juan Francisco
3Danny Valencia
LF1Melky Cabrera
CF1Anthony Gose
2Kevin Pillar
3Dalton Pompey
4Colby Rasmus
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Adam Lind
2John Mayberry
Starting Pitcher
S1R.A. Dickey
2Mark Buehrle
3Drew Hutchison
4J.A. Happ
5Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
R1Casey Janssen
2Aaron Loup
3Brett Cecil
4Dustin McGowan
5Todd Redmond
6Aaron Sanchez
7Chad Jenkins
8Daniel Norris
9Brandon Morrow
10Sean Nolin
11Kendall Graveman