McGowan promoted to Triple-A Buffalo

NEW YORK -- Right-hander Dustin McGowan is one step closer to making a possible return to the Major Leagues after he received a promotion to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday afternoon.

McGowan is currently on a rehab assignment after undergoing yet another shoulder surgery last year. He recently made two appearances with Class A Dunedin while striking out four and walking one in a pair of innings.

That has resulted in the promotion, and while there's no immediate timeline for his return to the big leagues, he'll now at least be able to test his arm vs. better competition.

The 31-year-old has appeared in just five games since 2008 because of multiple shoulder surgeries. He's also dealt with foot and knee injuries in the past but once again is on the comeback trail.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.