Dodgers to sign right-hander Dustin McGowan

4 Comments beat writer Ken Gurnick reports that free agent right-hander Dustin McGowan was at the Dodgers’ spring training complex Sunday and is expected to sign with the team. It will presumably be a non-guaranteed minor league contract.

McGowan posted an underwhelming 4.17 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 82 innings (eight starts and 45 relief appearances) last season for the Blue Jays. He was once considered a top prospect, but the soon-to-be 33-year-old has a long history of health issues and will likely be nothing more than organizational depth for Los Angeles.

Toronto declined his $4 million option on November 1, paying him a $500,000 buyout instead.

Carlos Martinez was hospitalized for respiratory problems over the weekend

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Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.

Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.

Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.