McGowan slated for bullpen role, unlikely to start

McGowan slated for bullpen role, unlikely to start

PHILADELPHIA -- Dustin McGowan has started in the past, but he is expected to be a relief pitcher for the Phillies.

The Phillies signed him Saturday after the Dodgers released him last week. McGowan, 33, went 5-3 with a 4.17 ERA in 53 appearances (eight starts) last season with Toronto. He is 25-27 with a 4.57 ERA in 158 appearances (68 starts) over parts of seven seasons with the Blue Jays.

"I don't know how much starting I can do anymore," said McGowan, who had a 6.75 ERA in seven Cactus League appearances.

McGowan cited right-shoulder surgeries in 2008 and '10 and a shoulder injury in '13 as reasons why he is best suited for a full-time bullpen spot. He had a 3.35 ERA in 45 relief appearances last season.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.