Phillies sign Dustin McGowan

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies have signed pitcher Dustin McGowan. The Phillies have been on the hunt for pitching depth since losing Cliff Lee to another injury earlier in spring training. McGowan is expected to pitch out of the bullpen, but could make a start when the Phillies need a fifth starter on April 12.

Over parts of seven seasons in the majors, McGowan has a 4.57 career ERA with a 392/199 K/BB ratio in 482 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old right-hander was released by the Dodgers at the end of March after allowing six runs in eight innings in the Cactus League.

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.