Per an official release from the Jays, Sergio Santos has been activated from the 60-day DL and added to the big league roster, with Brandon Morrow moving to the 60-day in order to clear a spot on the 40 man roster, and [sad trombone] Dustin McGowan hitting the Disabled List with an oblique strain.
McGowan looked just fine during Monday’s first game of the Oakland series, when he pitched two-and-a-third innings, allowing one hit and walking one, so… not sure what’s happened in the interim, and one might even get suspicious about the roster maneuverings if, y’know, it weren’t a McGowan injury, which is obviously pretty believable.
Then again, maybe that’s the point.
Regardless, it’s yet another illustration of the fragility of this pitcher, who the Jays simply can’t rely on to be a starter next season, no matter how much he wants to, and what a great story it would be. But on the up side, at least it’s an oblique and not anything to do with his elbow or shoulder.
Meanwhile, the Jays’ hand seems to have been forced by Santos’ rehab stint expiring, because it’s hard to believe he’s completely ready, based on the results he’s shown in the minors.
For example: Since moving up to Buffalo he’s struck out just five batters in six innings, three of which came in his first outing with the club, and he’s alternated between good performances and bad, with the better ones coming when he’s been able to get at least two days rest between appearances.
He struck out three, giving up one hit in his one inning of work during his Buffalo debut July 18th. Two days later he got lit up for four runs (two earned), on three hits and a walk, with no K’s. Three days after that it was a clean inning (one strikeout), but pitching again the next day– July 24th– he wasn’t as good, giving up a run on two hits (one strikeout).
His final two appearances there followed the same patter– a clean inning, with no K’s, on July 27th, then in his final apperance on the 29th it was two runs (both earned) on two hits and a walk.
Not that any of this matters very much, of course– it’s not like it’s worrying to think of him fucking up in key moments in a season that’s already too far gone– but man, it sure would be nice to see this guy put it together, because when he’s healthy and on, he’s fucking great. Scoff all you want, pissfaces, then go watch some highlights of his final year in Chicago.