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Dustin McGowan | Relief Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/24/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Phillies sent RHP Dustin McGowan outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
It's the corresponding move to adding Maikel Franco to the roster. McGowan got a guaranteed deal from the Phillies just before Opening Day but has struggled this season with a 5.79 ERA and 2.14 WHIP over 10 appearances. May 15 - 1:54 PM

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Dustin McGowan, making his first start of the season, took the loss on Thursday after allowing four runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Phillies fell to the Marlins 9-1.

McGowan was taking the place of the injured Sean O'Sullivan (knee) and fared reasonably well. Having pitched out of the bullpen since joining the Phillies in early April, he wasn't expected to pitch deep into the game, and it wasn't surprising that he relented in the fourth. The Marlins got two-run singles from both Adeiny Hechavarria and Martin Prado to hang a four-spot in the fourth inning. Overall, McGowan gave up three hits and walked four while striking out four. He's likely to get another start or two while O'Sullivan and Chad Billingsley (elbow) work their way back. McGowan is slated to face the Cardinals in St. Louis next.
Apr 23 - 4:15 PM

Dustin McGowan will start on Thursday versus the Marlins.

It will be his first start since May of last season. The longest McGowan has lasted this season is two innings, so he'll certainly be on a limited pitch count. The Phillies are lacking starting options, though, so he could get a few starts until Sean O'Sullivan (knee) or Chad Billingsley (elbow) are ready.
Apr 22 - 2:53 PM

Phillies signed RHP Dustin McGowan to a one-year contract.

McGowan was cut by the Dodgers earlier this week after allowing six runs over eight innings this spring, but it didn't take him long to find a new home. The 33-year-old had a 4.17 ERA with a 61/33 K/BB ratio over eight starts and 45 relief appearances for the Blue Jays last season and is expected to pitch out of the bullpen with Philadelphia.
Apr 4 - 10:28 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, Dustin McGowan has agreed to a contract with the Phillies.

The Dodgers released McGowan at the end of March. Health has been McGowan's biggest bugaboo, as he's only pitched in 128 2/3 innings over the last six years. Arm injuries have waylaid the pitcher on multiple occasions. He allowed six runs in eight innings pitching for the Dodgers this spring.
Apr 4 - 8:17 PM

Dodgers released RHP Dustin McGowan.

Because of a slew of arm injuries, McGowan has logged only 128 2/3 innings over the last six seasons. In 2014, he finally avoided the DL, posting a 4.17 ERA with a 61/33 K/BB ratio over eight starts and 45 relief appearances for the Blue Jays. But he then allowed six runs in eight innings this spring in Dodgers camp after signing a one-year, $507,500 contract in late February.
Mar 31 - 2:28 PM

Dodgers signed RHP Dustin McGowan to a one-year, $507,500 contract.

The deal carries close to $2.5 million in performance bonuses. McGowan has logged only 128 2/3 innings at the major league level over the last six seasons due to health issues, but he avoided the disabled list in 2014 and posted a decent 4.17 ERA and 61/33 K/BB ratio across eight starts and 45 relief appearances for the Blue Jays. McGowan will function as a long reliever with Los Angeles.
Feb 23 - 9:50 AM's Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers are expected to sign Dustin McGowan.

The team has not announced the signing yet, but McGowan was spotted at the Dodgers' spring training facility. It's not clear at this point if it's a major or minor league contract. McGowan's health issues are well documented, but he managed to stay mostly healthy last season while posting a 4.17 ERA and 61/33 K/BB ratio over 82 innings for the Blue Jays.
Feb 22 - 2:43 PM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have expressed interest in free-agent reliever Dustin McGowan.

They are one of several teams in the mix. McGowan has had all sorts of injury issues in his career, but he managed to stay mostly healthy last season while posting a 4.17 ERA and 61/33 K/BB ratio in 82 innings across eight starts and 45 relief appearances. He turns 33 in March.
Feb 11 - 8:53 AM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins are interested in Dustin McGowan.

McGowan has had a host of shoulder issues during his career but has always been an intriguing guy when healthy. The 32-year-old put up a 3.76 ERA with 87 strikeouts over 107 2/3 frames for the Blue Jays over the last two seasons.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 10:55:00 AM

Blue Jays declined RHP Dustin McGowan's $4 million option for 2015.

They'll instead pay the veteran right-hander a buyout of $500,000. The 32-year-old has battled countless injuries over the years, and has only logged a total of 128 2/3 innings at the big league level since the 2008 season. He's still plenty talented and should generate interest on the free agent market, but the injury concern here remains very real.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 02:30:00 PM

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.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 10:31:00 PM

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.
Thu, May 15, 2014 04:16:00 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.
Wed, May 14, 2014 11:05:00 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.
Fri, May 9, 2014 11:11:00 PM

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