Toronto manager John Farrell said Tuesday the team is looking at adding McGowan to the big league roster for the final month of the regular season. The right-hander is set to join Double-A New Hampshire after one more minor league start in Florida.
McGowan went 6-7 with a 4.37 ERA in 19 starts for the Blue Jays in 2008. He has had two shoulder surgeries since getting hurt.
Also, Farrell said the Blue Jays still plan on calling up highly regarded third baseman Brett Lawrie from the minors later this month.
With Lawrie playing at third, slugger Jose Bautista would move from the infield to right field.