Yup. Do me a favour Yankee fans, when McGowan pitches for the Jays sometime this season, root for him a little. This was a guy who had number 1 elite stuff before he was injured back in 2007. Papi said that he had the best stuff in the AL.
He is now turning 30 and attempting a comeback after 3-4 years of rehab. He could be a good role model for a young guy like Pineda who will have to undergo not just a healing process over the next 12 months but also a whole new throwing regiment.
Its one thing to recover from labrum surgery and throw in the low 90's. Like Pineda, McGowan was a power pitcher. Its tougher for the hard throwing guys to recover.
In any event, I am not a Yankee fan but I hate seeing a young pitcher like Pineda go down like this. Many fans of McGowan have had their hearts broken. We know the feeling.