McGowan Done for Season
Five wins in a row, Rios hitting bombs again, Purcey with his first win…not bad! But just when you thought it was safe to start watching the Jays with your eyes open, McGowan is headed under the knife. The “good” news? It’s only a fray, which is much less serious than a tear, so he could be back in full form next season.
Also, apparently doctors are getting better at the Labrum these days. When Janssen went down with a tear, I rather hysterically passed on an article by Will Carroll that implied his career was all but over, but while it’s still the worst injury a pitcher can get, it’s “not a death sentence” any more:
The reason the article is “essentially obsolete” is that techniques in both surgery and rehab have changed so significantly. Whether it’s newly constructed bone anchors, changes in surgical methodology, or having far too many pitchers to practice on, it’s not a death sentence for pitchers any more. It’s not good by any stretch, but it’s not as bad as it was just a few years back.