MacArthur: Blue Jays' McGowan wants to be a starter

Scott MacArthur
9/1/2013 5:49:03 PM
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TORONTO - Now that Dustin McGowan has proven to himself he can still pitch in the major leagues, he's setting bigger goals for 2014.

"I think I'm going to try to start next year," said McGowan. "I'm going to try it just to see how it feels. There's no harm in trying.

"We talked about it earlier in the year, just mentioned it back and forth," he continued. "I told them if I did it, it would definitely be next year and it's kind of the last thing we left off with so I'm sure it'll be revisited."

McGowan is back with the Blue Jays after a month-long stint on the disabled list with a strained left oblique.

He was injured during a July 29 appearance against the Oakland Athletics. McGowan pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief that night, his longest outing of the season.

The strain happened on a pitch to Yoenis Cespedes in the sixth. McGowan would face five more batters that night, including three after sitting through his teammates' turn on offence in the seventh.

McGowan knew there was a problem when he woke up the next morning but, taken in the context of his injury-plagued career, he took solace in a small detail.

"It's the first time I've ever been on the DL and it's not an arm injury," he said.

McGowan threw one scoreless inning in a rehab appearance for Dunedin on Friday.

He's looking to finish strong and then amp up in the offseason.

"I'll train in that direction," said McGowan. "It's never going to hurt to train for that and if it doesn't work out, at least it's easier to go from being a starter to a reliever than the opposite. So I'd rather train that way."

"Minister" Delabar activated from DL

How did Steve Delabar spend last weekend?

He officiated the marriage of his brother, Daniel, to his new sister-in-law, Mallory.

"It was the coolest thing I've ever done," said Delabar.

Apparently the process of becoming a minister, the temporary kind, isn't an arduous task.

"You go online. You don't really fill out anything. You just pay money and it's like, you're in."

Delabar introduced the two and so they asked him to officiate the wedding.

He got to know Mallory while pitching for Seattle's Triple-A affiliate in nearby Tacoma. Mallory was an employee of the Rainiers.

When Delabar got called up to the Mariners, Mallory and some friends attended his first game. So did Daniel and a group of his buddies. Numbers were exchanged for the first time and the rest is history.

Delabar is back from a four-week stint on the disabled list due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder.

He first felt pain, which he describes as out of the ordinary, following his Canada Day appearance against the Tigers.

"The strength was there," said Delabar. "Even whenever I was still pitching on it, I could pitch. It was just, not tired, but there was that inflammation there that just wouldn't go away and I needed just a few more days than I was getting. So that was the idea, shut me down for a little bit and then get me going again."

Delabar, who swears by the heavy ball-throwing program created by Blue Jays' consultant Jamie Evans, intends to make minor changes to his spring training approach to avoid missing time next season with a similar injury.

"Every little thing that you do and every little bump that you hit, you hope to avoid that bump next time," said Delabar. "I'm trying to figure out the plan to be able to avoid anything that might come up next time."

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