Not long into their final Cactus League game of the year, being played in Surprise, Ariz., against the Kansas City Royals, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced they released Dustin McGowan.
The 33-year-old right-hander signed a one-year deal in late February and was informed Tuesday he would not make the roster out of Spring Training. Had McGowan been on the Opening Day roster, he would’ve earned a $1 million bonus and could have made over $3 million this season had he reached all the incentives in his contract.
With the losses of Kenley Jansen and Brandon League, the Dodgers are in need of right-handed relievers to fill the void. However, whereas some have excelled in camp, McGowan was not among them. He appeared in seven games this spring with the Dodgers, and allowed six runs on 12 hits in eight innings, which equated to a 6.75 ERA.
Various shoulder injuries forced McGowan to miss the entire 2009, 2010 and 2012 seasons, though he is coming off his most healthy year in 2014. After struggling in eight starts last season, he was moved to the bullpen where he found better success and envisioned himself as a relief pitcher with the Dodgers.
With McGowan released, the Dodgers now have 39 players remaining in camp. While more roster moves are to follow in the coming days, the latest cut is a positive development, at least for the time being, for the likes of David Huff, Yimi Garcia and Sergio Santos, among others.
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