Dustin McGowan lasts just eight pitches before another setback

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Dustin McGowan has suffered yet another setback on his long road back from shoulder surgery, with manager Cito Gaston saying that “it doesn’t look good” for the 28-year-old right-hander.
McGowan took the mound Monday at extended spring training to face live hitters for the first time since being shut down in the middle of spring training, but lasted just eight pitches before leaving the game in pain and is headed for an MRI exam.
He last pitched for the Blue Jays in July of 2008 and is now in danger of missing the entirety of a second straight season despite the team initially hoping he could return during the first half of last year. Once a promising young starter with a mid-90s fastball, McGowan is now just hoping to avoid another surgery and advance past Square 1 of his recovery at some point.

Didi Gregorius continues to be ridiculous

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Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius had another fantastic night last night. He went 3-for-3, hitting a home run for the fourth game in a row, had an RBI single and reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances in New York’s 7-4 win over Minnesota.

For the year that gives Gregorius a line of .372/.470/.833, putting him atop the American League in average, slugging, OPS, and OPS+. He also leads the league in total bases (65) and RBI (29). He leads all of baseball in fWAR at 2.2, edging out Mike Trout despite the fact that Trout has played in two more games. He’s second behind Trout in homers with nine.

After last night’s game he insisted that he is not a home run hitter:

“I do have a lot of home runs, but it’s not like I am going out there to try to hit them . . . I’m not a power guy like Judge and Stanton, who hit 50 to 60 and up. Those are the guys who actually hit home runs. One year, let’s say, I hit five — then you ask me where that part went . . . if they go out, they go out. I’m just mostly trying to barrel it up and get a good swing . . . I try to hit line drives and if you check most of my home runs they were line drives,” he said. “It’s not like I am going up to hit deep fly balls.”

Given that he hit 25 homers last year and 20 the year before, he’s being a bit modest, even if he’s not likely to keep up this torrid pace. That modesty is not stopping some people from getting a bit carried away, of course:

 

We’ll forgive Bob for the hyperbole. Didi has been fun to watch.