Not sure how I missed this nugget - though it could have something to do with the 80 hour work week I'm pulling - but this from the Globe's Bobby MacLeod:
Ricciardi also said that he believes that Scott Downs and Jason Frasor could wind up sharing the closer's duties next year and that pitcher Dustin McGowan, who has missed all season after shoulder surgery, is progressing well.
“He’s letting it fly," Ricciardi said of McGowan, who has been throwing on flat ground.
Ricciardi said McGowan is pain free and will start throwing off a mound next week and appears to be in tremendous physical condition.
I'm going to try containing my excitement regarding a McGowan comeback, because we know all too well what a bad shoulder means for a flamethrower like Dusty.....but, uh, holy shit. McGowan is a good guy to root for, having overcome a bum elbow, diabetes, and now the shoulder.
Think the Jays could use his arm next season?