Following his last start, which lasted just 4 innings, Dustin McGowan had said that he began to feel fatigue once his pitch count got up to 60-65 in the game. This being the first time since 2008 that he has been starter in the big leagues, McGowan, a type 1 diabetic, thinks the high blood sugar may have had an affect on his cardio and arm fatigue.
Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reported that McGowan feels a drop off around 60 pitches:
McGowan: “I feel good, my arm feels great, it’s just sometimes it seems like the ball is not coming out quite right after 60-65 pitches.”
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) April 24, 2014
McGowan detailed his dealing with diabetes during his outings in an interview with Sportsnet’s Barry Davis, and how he plans to adjust by wearing his insulin pump on the mound in future starts.
“I think the big thing for me was getting the blood sugar under control, it’s been kind of high lately,” McGowan said. “Usually when I pitch it gets a little high. We’ll make a few adjustments and with that we’ll see what happens.”
“Ever since I got the pump, I hadn’t started since I had the pump until this year. It’s a little different feel for me, so I’ll try wearing the pump in the game to see if that helps a little bit.”
With a lot of the talk continuing to be about McGowan’s spot in the rotation and whether or not he should continue to be given the chance to pitch as a starter, McGowan doesn’t let those outside factors bother him.
“They just told me make my next start. That’s all I can look forward to, I can’t look at the other things of intangibles. I just go out there and pitch my game,” said McGowan.
McGowan is scheduled to make his 5th start of the season on Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals, but has only made it out of the 4th inning once and has also only reached the 90-pitch mark once in 4 starts. McGowan is currently pitching to a 6.88 ERA, 1.82 WHIP in 17 innings.