TORONTO -- The Dustin McGowan experiment is over. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters prior to Thursday's game that McGowan, who was a surprise addition to the starting rotation out of the Spring Training, is heading to the bullpen. McGowan -- 2-2 with a 5.08 ERA through eight starts -- got the loss in the Blue Jays' 15-4 defeat at the hands of the Indians on Wednesday night.
The 32-year-old right-hander said he's barely been able to recover from one start to the next, and usually only had one pain-free day prior to an outing.
"By that fourth day I felt like I could throw again and by game day I'm fine," he said of a typical recovery period following a 95-pitch game. "At that slow pace, if I keep going at that rate, I might not be ready to go on that fifth day. It took a lot out of me. Now I have to save some to keep going and prolong my career."
Gibbons had said several times this season that he prefers McGowan in a relief role, and he now has his wish. He said the move is best for McGowan's career and for the team.
"I think it makes us stronger," he said. "He doesn't have to worry about conserving anything. I think it will prolong his career. I don't know how many total innings he threw last year, but he's gotta be close to that this year. And I think it would be a shame for him to get hurt out there and his career is over. That's part of my thinking. I think he can be a top-notch reliever for a few more years."
McGowan was due to make his next start Tuesday. Gibbons said no decision has been made regarding who will get that start, but indicated that Todd Redmond and Marcus Stroman will be considered for the role.
Gibbons said that although Stroman has been pitching out of the bullpen since he was called up to the team in early May, he's not that far removed from the starting role. He pitched in the Triple-A Buffalo rotation to start the season.
"He's been starting in Buffalo, so he's been using the four or five pitches he's got," said Gibbons. "In the bullpen [he's still been using most of his pitches]. It's a little different approach there. As a starter you've got innings to work with, as reliever, you just come in and try to get out after out."
Asked whether Stroman could give the team five innings an outing, Gibbons replied, "I don't see why not."
Stroman is 1-0 and has allowed nine earned runs in 6 2/3 innings since being called up to Toronto.
Redmond, meanwhile, is 0-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 11 appearances in a long relief role this season. In his most recent outing, the 28-year-old right hander pitched a season-high 4 2/3 innings against the Angels on Saturday.
He's made 15 career starts, 14 of those coming last season. He was 4-2 as a starter in 2013.
Tight hamstring lands Rasmus on disabled list
TORONTO -- Colby Rasmus is headed for the disabled list after all. The Blue Jays center fielder, who missed the previous two games with right hamstring tightness, had said earlier in the week he didn't think any DL time would be required.
But it appears the ailment is worse than first thought, and it will keep him out of the lineup for at least the next two weeks. The move is retroactive to May 13.
"He's not healing quick enough, so we figured we better put him on the DL," said manager John Gibbons.
In response, the Blue Jays recalled outfielder Anthony Gose from Triple-A Buffalo prior to Thursday's game at Rogers Centre.
In 28 games with the Bisons this season, the 23-year-old is hitting .236 with two home runs and 10 RBIs.
He has appeared in three games for the Blue Jays in 2014, posting a .333 batting average (2-for-6) and three walks. He's played 111 games with Toronto over three seasons, batting .241 with 20 stolen bases.
"He's played pretty good in the big leagues," Gibbons said of the speedy Gose. "He's been up [three] games already this year, and he's contributed in [those] games. Maybe he's one of those guys who plays better up here anyway. He thinks he's a big league player and we're giving him the shot to keep doing it."
The timing of the Rasmus injury is unfortunate. After a slow start, he'd been enjoying success at the plate. He'd tweaked his mechanics with hitting coach Kevin Seitzer and the results were promising.
In the 10 games leading up to this week's series against the Angels, the 27-year-old had slugged five homers and posted a 1.186 OPS in 41 plate appearances after putting up a .192 average and only three home runs through 20 games to start the season.
Broadcast auction raises funds for Jays Care Foundation
TORONTO -- The Jays Care Foundation's Charity Broadcast Auction raised $256,235 during Thursday night's game against the Indians.
Viewers of the nationally broadcast game had the opportunity to support the foundation's annual event until the eighth inning.
The proceeds from the event will support Jays Care Foundation's programs and outreach initiatives.
Among the big ticket items up for grabs was the knuckleball lesson from R.A. Dickey, a Spring Training getaway, a Little League pitching lesson with Steve Delabar and an all-access experience at a future Blue Jays game, and more.
Fan packs include a 2014 Blue Jays autographed baseball, a team cap, a team luggage bag, a collectible bobblehead and a Jays Care water bottle, among other items.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.