Dodgers sign right-hander Dustin McGowan to one-year contract

Dustin McGowan
Toronto Blue Jays starter Dustin McGowan delivers a pitch during a game in April 2008. McGowan signed with the Dodgers on Monday.
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Two days after signing two-time Tommy John surgical patient Brandon Beachy, the Dodgers added three-time shoulder operation survivor Dustin McGowan to a one-year, major-league contract.

To make room for the 32-year-old McGowan on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers moved Beachy to the 60-day disabled list. Beachy is recovering from his most recent operation and isn’t expected to pitch until the middle of the regular season.

McGowan has pitched in 158 major league games, including 68 starts, over seven seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays.


The Dodgers are expected to use McGowan as a reliever.

The right-hander had an usually healthy season last year with the Blue Jays and made a career-high 53 appearances. He started the season as a starter and was moved to the bullpen after making eight starts. As a reliever, he posted a 3.35 earned-run average.

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