As more and more players start piling in to Spring Training facilities across the Southern United States the real baseball stories start to pick up. Who’s going to start at 2nd Base for the Blue Jays come Opening Day? How will the new look team come together as a unit, despite some of the players heading off to the World Baseball Classic in March? When will Dustin McGowan ever come around and prove his potential? As pitchers and catchers began to throw on Tuesday, everything was starting to look up. Until about 2PM today, when the bad news broke.

The bad news continues for McGowan. Sore shoulder, he is more or less shutdown at this point. Only light workload moving forward. No immediate timetable on when McGowan will be able to increase the intensity of his throwing program. Won’t throw off mound for now.

Gregor Chisholm @gregorMLB

Dustin McGowan is no stranger to shoulder injuries. According to his Baseball Prospectus page, the troubled pitcher has lost 698 games to shoulder injuries, including a span of 464 consecutive games missed spanning over three seasons, followed by another full season lost after pitching 21 innings in 2011. While there is little information to go by on how severe this setback will be, the Blue Jays are now at the point where they will have to make a crucial decision if he is to be injured again for a significant amount of time.