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Brandon McCarthy | Starting Pitcher | #38

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/7/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 234
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Lamar (CO) CC
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 17 (0) / CWS
Contract: view contract details

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Brandon McCarthy (elbow) threw a 50-60 pitch bullpen session on Saturday.
He was able to throw his full arsenal of pitches. Manager Dave Roberts noticed significant improvement from his previous bullpen session. "Brandon was good today," he said. "I saw him on Tuesday, and he was OK, but today the ball was coming out better for me." McCarthy has been focusing on building up his arm strength and repeating his mechanics. If McCarthy can avoid setbacks, he should return to the Dodgers' rotation before the All-Star break. Apr 30 - 10:10 PM

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Brandon McCarthy (elbow) threw a bullpen session Tuesday in front of Dodgers officials.

He should be getting close to facing live hitters. McCarthy underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April and probably won't become an option for the Dodgers' rotation until late June or early July.
Apr 26 - 6:45 PM

Dodgers placed RHP Brandon McCarthy on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

McCarthy is still a month away from facing hitters as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery. He won't be an option for the rotation until the second half.
Apr 3 - 1:00 PM

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) doesn't expect to start throwing to hitters until May.

That would put him a year out from Tommy John surgery. He'll need some time to get stretched out from there, so a return doesn't appear likely until sometime around midseason.
Feb 24 - 2:03 PM

Dodgers placed RHP Brandon McCarthy on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Louis Coleman. McCarthy will be on the shelf until around midseason while working his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Feb 19 - 11:47 AM

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) has thrown off a mound 4-5 times and is hoping to make one or two starts before the All-Star break.

He's almost 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery. McCarthy has always pitched to contact so it won't be a major concern if he loses some of his velocity. The tall right-hander has mostly struggled since leaving Oakland but showed flashes of his old dominance during a 14-game stretch with the Yankees in 2014 (7-5, 2.89 ERA).
Jan 30 - 4:39 PM

Dodgers activated RHP Brandon McCarthy from the 60-day disabled list.

The 32-year-old right-hander was limited to just 23 innings during the 2015 season before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He resumed playing catch in late September, though he still won't be ready to rejoin the Dodgers rotation until midway through the 2016 season.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 11:17:00 PM

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) played catch Monday.

It's the first time he's done so since having Tommy John surgery in April. McCarthy will be sidelined until midseason next year.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 06:48:00 PM

Dodgers transferred RHP Brandon McCarthy from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

McCarthy underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery Thursday in Los Angeles and will likely be sidelined until the 2016 All-Star break. The right-hander was in the first year of a four-year, $48 million free agent contract with the Dodgers. He tore the UCL in his right elbow during a start Saturday against the Padres.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 02:29:00 PM

Brandon McCarthy will have Tommy John surgery Thursday to repair a torn right ulnar collateral ligament.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the surgery. It's a brutal blow for the right-hander, who can't seem to catch a break, injury-wise. McCarthy won't be back with the Dodgers until around the 2016 All-Star break.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 06:43:00 PM

Dodgers placed RHP Brandon McCarthy on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 26, with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament.

He'll undergo Tommy John surgery and be sidelined until around the All-Star break next season. McCarthy, who is in the first year of a four-year, $48 million contract, posted a 5.87 ERA but had a 29/4 K/BB ratio over 23 innings in four starts this season with the Dodgers. Scott Baker will remain in the rotation for now, although the club will need an additional starter soon.
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 08:06:00 PM

Brandon McCarthy has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

It's really a bummer for the Dodgers but especially for McCarthy, who had seemed to finally put his shoulder issues behind him and show signs of blossoming. He'll undergo Tommy John surgery soon and be sidelined into the 2016 season. With Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) also still a question mark, the Dodgers might be scour the trade market for rotation help. For now, Scott Baker and Mike Bolsinger could stick around for a while.
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 07:16:00 PM

Initial tests for possible ligament damage in Brandon McCarthy's right elbow came back negative.

It doesn't mean he definitely doesn't have a ligament issues -- we'll know for sure after his MRI -- but it's certainly a good sign. The hope is that McCarthy is "only" dealing with tendinitis. He's looking at a stint on the disabled list either way, but surgery won't be required if it's a tendinitis issue. McCarthy admitted that he's been dealing with tightness in his elbow since his last start but it finally became too much on Saturday.
Sun, Apr 26, 2015 08:27:00 AM

Brandon McCarthy left his start Saturday against the Padres with right elbow tightness.

Miraculously, McCarthy still managed to pick up the win despite giving up six runs, including three homers, in five innings of work. McCarthy was scheduled to pitch Friday against the Diamondbacks, but that seems unlikely now. An MRI is likely coming. Mike Bolsinger may be called upon to make a spot start.
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 11:58:00 PM

Brandon McCarthy left Saturday's game against the Padres with an undisclosed injury.

McCarthy exited after giving up a three-run shot to Justin Upton in the sixth inning. He motioned for the trainer immediately after serving up the home run pitch, but it was unclear what exactly was bothering him. Sergio Santos entered the game in relief. Until we know more, consider McCarthy day-to-day.
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 11:05:00 PM

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2Hyun-Jin Ryu
3Scott Kazmir
4Kenta Maeda
5Alex Wood
6Ross Stripling
7Mike Bolsinger
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2Chris Hatcher
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4Pedro Baez
5Yimi Garcia
6Frankie Montas
7Josh Ravin
8Louis Coleman
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