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There wasn’t much in the way of good news coming from the Toronto Blue Jays this winter. While they watched their divisional rivals improve at every turn, they all but stood pat after a 75-win season. The only upgrade came in the form of Dioner Navarro, stepping in as their new catcher. There was no Brian McCann or Jacoby Ellsbury or Ubaldo Jiminez. Hell, there wasn’t even a Grady Sizemore-esque lottery ticket for them to wish on.

As the season grew closer, it became more and more apparent that the back-end of the Blue Jays rotation was…problematic. The Spring Training fifth starter battle quickly became more about attrition than production. Yesterday, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced the man who would take the ball every five days was…Dustin McGowan?

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Texas Rangers v Toronto Blue Jays

The 2013 MLB amateur draft concluded over the weekend, with more than 1200 players selected over 40 rounds. Many of these players are ready to begin their professional careers, so we imporbably gathered them all together in one place* where former first round selection and current Blue Jays reliever Dustin McGowan could address the lot* about the perils and pitfalls awaiting them.

* – Obviously, neither of these things actually happened

Hello, gentleman. Congratulations on realizing your lifelong dream and becoming professional baseball players. All those nights of sacrifice, the time spent travelling from this showcase to that regional tournament, the hours spent in the cage or on the practice field while your friends developed tastes and interests, it is all worth it right now.

Unfortunately, this is where the real work begins. Many of you are so talented, you couldn’t help but get to this point. A lot of natural athletic ability, some hard work and some good luck and here you are: prepared to draw a paycheck for playing baseball. A children’s game is now your job! Living the dream, really and truly.

It seems like a dream, I know. I was taken in the first round of the 2000 MLB draft, 33rd overall. Like many of you, I went right from the high school field to the professional ranks, working my way towards the big leagues.

Unlike the vast, vast, vast majority of you – I realized my dream and became a big league pitcher. But this is where my congratulations end and my warnings begin.

The road is hard and long and loaded with unexpected twists, turns, and bumps along the way. As you begin this journey, I want you to remember me and my career. For I represent the true dichotomy of draft day. I am the best case scenario and the worst case scenario. all wrapped into one.

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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Dustin McGowan, whose season never really got started after a myriad of problems derailed what appeared to be progress in his recovery from yet another injury, has been shut down for the year and scheduled for exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. The prospect of such an event happening was neither unlikely nor unforeseeable.

And here’s why: Dustin McGowan has had a tremendous amount of difficulty staying healthy. This seems to be a point of contention among Blue Jays fans, but it shouldn’t be. Writing about these difficulties isn’t akin to criticism of the player. No one is questioning his drive to get healthy or work ethic in preventing harm. He’s merely been dealt a shitty hand in the card game of genetics. His body simply can’t stand up to the rigors of practicing and performing baseball at the Major League level.

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