Dustin McGowan’s latest comeback is going well

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Dustin McGowan hasn’t pitched in a big-league game since 2008, experiencing multiple setbacks since then, but Arden Zwelling of MLB.com reports that he’s stayed injury free long enough to schedule a minor-league rehab assignment that begins tomorrow.

According to Zwelling the 29-year-old right-hander “has made tremendous strides in his recovery from multiple arm surgeries” during the past few months and is “throwing his fastball with mid-90s velocity during games in extended spring training.”

If true the Blue Jays ought to be commended for their patience, because at various points it looked like McGowan might never stay healthy long enough to rediscovery his nasty pre-surgery stuff. Presumably they’ll give him the maximum 30 days to rehab.

Jose Altuve leads all vote-getters in All-Star balloting

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The latest update to the All-Star voting is in and it reveals that Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is the leading vote-getter in all of baseball. Altuve, on his way to his sixth All-Star appearance and fourth starting selection in a row, has has 1,572,101 votes. Altuve leads the Majors with a .342 batting average and 102 hits.

At other positions Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos has overtaken Gary Sánchez of the New York Yankees at catcher, José Abreu of the White Sox leads at first, third base is led by José Ramírez of the Indians, Manny Machado of Orioles leads at short, Boston’s J.D. Martinez paces the DHs and the Sox’ Mookie Betts, the Angels’ Mike Trout and the Yankees’ Aaron Judge round out the starters.

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