Just over a week ago, Alex Antholopous made an appearance on Prime Time Sports and, as the Drunks pointed out, was somewhere south of optimistic when asked about Dustin McGowan’s rehab and if he’d ever pitch again.
I recommend you read the Drunks’ post if you haven’t already, but here’s the main point that Anthopolous made during the interview:
I can comment to say that it’s been a long road back, and it’s been up and down. He made a lot of progress, then he did have a little bit of a setback. I don’t know that we’re prepared to say that he’s never going to come back, I think we’re just going to continue to be hopeful, continue to work with him, and hopefully we’ll have more informati0n at the end of the year.
Doesn’t sound good.
Hot on the heels of that sadness, J.P. is also saying some discouraging things about our favourite mutton chops. Erika Gilbert, Bastian’s intern over at bluejays.com, asked the GM about McGowan:
“Dustin is slow. He’s been a slower process,” Ricciardi said. “I don’t know when he’ll come back.”
When asked if McGowan would ever pitch in the Major Leagues again, Ricciardi could not give a definite answer.
“He’s playing catch,” Ricciardi said. “He can’t get beyond playing catch right now.”
“I don’t know if he’s never going to throw again, but right now, he’s struggling. He’s not where he should be from a rehab standpoint.”
McGowan began throwing again in late May, but he has not made much progress from that point.
Can’t get beyond playing catch. Yikes.
I’m really hoping McGowan can get back to being his old self, the 2010 World Series won’t be the same without him.
Good news for the Shaun Marcum Fan Club though. We all know that Marcum’s ahead of schedule in his recovery, but J.P. went out of his way to allay the fan club’s worst fears, saying that Marcum won’t be rushed back, no matter how tempting it might be.
Marcum’s a huge talent and I don’t think I could ever forgive Jays’ brass if they wreck his chances at long-term awesome by rushing him.