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.