Joel Carreno (right)… or so I’m told.
Another day, another chance for the Toronto Blue Jays to crush what remains of the hopes and dreams of the city of Cleveland– in extra innings no less. But… honestly, don’t strap in for a long ride on this one just yet, as we’re now heading knee-deep into the back-end of the rotation, with Joel Carreno taking what was to be Brett Cecil’s spot, and looking to pick up where he left off after a stellar run out of the Jays’ bullpen at the end of last year.
Will he have the same kind of success going multiple times through a lineup as he did as a one-inning reliever? Based on the fact that the first two games of the season have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is a team of destiny, I’m gonna go ahead and say yes. What of it?
Pretty sure this would be worthy of a full post if I wasn’t writing in the middle of the night, prior to a day of holiday-related travelling, but John Lott of the National Post relays to us that all is not right with the recently-inexplicably-extended-but-you-didn’t-hear-me-call-it-that-you-homerish-dopes Dustin McGowan.
The Jays’ comeback kid has yet to resume throwing after being sidelined with plantar fasciitis two days prior to it being announced that he’d been inexplicably extended (but you didn’t hear me call it that, you homerish dopes) by the club. A week ago he was due to begin throwing in five to seven days, we were told. Now we’re told that it’s seven to 10 days, and more ominously, “that McGowan felt discomfort in his shoulder during his brief throwing session on March 28.”
That, of course, would be the wonky surgically-repaired shoulder that’s been the main culprit in keeping him out since two-thousand-fucking-eight.
“He felt some soreness in the shoulder as a result of varying the arm slot,” John Farrell makes clear, referring to the fact that McGowan was changing his mechanics slightly to compensate for the pain he felt in his foot. “He didn’t injure his shoulder.”
That’s good… y’know, relatively speaking. In something more like reality, however, it’s not so hot. The soreness, we’re told, is gone now, but Lott openly wonders whether what was originally an end-of-April timeline will mean McGowan is out until June.
Sadly, knowing his history, I wouldn’t bet against it.
And now the part where I remind you that I’m not writing this at game-time, meaning you’re on your own to find today’s lineups from the live box score at theScore.com… y’know, if you’re so inclined.