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Brandon McCarthy | Starting Pitcher | #38

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/7/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 226
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Lamar (CO) CC
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 17 (0) / CWS
Contract: view contract details

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Brandon McCarthy surrendered six runs (five earned) over 4 1/3 innings in Monday’s Cactus League start against the Indians.
Thanks in part to some shaky defense from Ike Davis, four runs scored in the first inning. Fortunately, he settled down quite nicely as the game moved along. He actually retired the final eight batters he faced. McCarthy is poised to begin the year in the Dodgers’ rotation, though injury questions continue to cloud his fantasy outlook. Mar 20 - 7:28 PM

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Brandon McCarthy was lit up for three runs on five hits over 3 2/3 innings Wednesday in the Dodgers’ Cactus League loss to the Mariners.

He walked one and struck out two. McCarthy couldn’t keep the ball in the yard, serving up a two-run blast to Ben Gamel in the opening frame and later allowing a solo shot to Leonys Martin in the fourth. Three of the five hits he gave up went for extra bases. Aside from a surprisingly useful stint with the Yankees in 2014, McCarthy has been an injury-prone mess over his last few seasons. If his spring results (5.19 ERA) are a sign of things to come, the 33-year-old could be in for another long year.
Mar 15 - 8:12 PM

Brandon McCarthy was much better in his second Cactus League start on Friday, allowing just one hit over three shutout innings against the Rangers.

McCarthy punched out three on the evening and didn't issue a free pass. As long as he makes it through the spring healthy, he should have an inside track at a job in the Dodgers' Opening Day starting rotation.
Mar 11 - 12:25 AM

Brandon McCarthy struggled in his Cactus League debut on Friday, allowing two runs on two hits over his two innings of work.

The veteran right-hander didn't walk or fan a batter in this one. He allowed a one-out single to Daniel Descalso in the first inning who then rode home on a two-run homer off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt. Provided he makes it through the spring healthy, it looks like he'll have to out-duel Hyun-Jin Ryu and Julio Urias if he wants to secure a spot in the club's Opening Day rotation.
Mar 3 - 7:07 PM

Brandon McCarthy threw two simulated innings on a back field Sunday.

"He looks good," said manager Dave Roberts. "He's executing pitches." McCarthy is on track with the other starters in Dodgers camp up to this point, but he'll have to continue pitching well to win back a spot in the rotation. The veteran right-hander holds a 5.29 ERA in his two years with Los Angeles, over just 63 innings.
Feb 27 - 12:08 PM

Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said he was very impressed with Brandon McCarthy's live batting practice session on Tuesday.

McCarthy has been throwing with full velocity since late January as he tries to fight his way back into the Dodgers' starting rotation. The 33-year-old right-hander owns a rough 5.29 ERA in 63 innings through his first two seasons with Los Angeles. He finished 2016 with a miserable relief appearance against the rival Giants in which he yielded six runs in the sixth inning while recording zero outs.
Feb 21 - 5:42 PM

Brandon McCarthy said he's been throwing off a mound at max velocity without any control issues.

McCarthy had a hard time throwing strikes last season, particularly over his last few outings. He eventually landed on the disabled list with right hip stiffness and that may have been to blame for his control problems. Either way, it sounds like he's healthy and ready to put 2016 behind him. McCarthy has pitched to a sluggish 5.29 ERA in his two seasons for the Dodgers.
Jan 28 - 4:40 PM

Brandon McCarthy was charged with six runs without retiring a batter in relief Friday against the Giants.

Ouch. McCarthy did pretty well in a no-decision as a starter Sunday (two runs in 5 1/3 innings), but he gave up five hits and a walk while throwing just 27 pitches tonight. The poor outing would certainly seem to take him out of contention for a spot in the NLDS roster, though he was already a long shot anyway.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 01:44:00 AM

Brandon McCarthy pitched well in a no-decision against the Rockies on Sunday, allowing two runs on four hits over his 5 1/3 innings.

The veteran right-hander punched out six on the afternoon and walked just one. It was a nice return to the rotation for McCarthy, who was thrust into emergency duty when the club pushed Rich Hill's next start back. He could stick in the rotation to make another start next week, and would be worth a look as a streaming option in that case.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 08:19:00 PM

Dodgers activated RHP Brandon McCarthy from the 15-day disabled list.

McCarthy made it through a five-inning simulated game on Tuesday without any issues. It's unclear if he'll work out of the bullpen upon his return or if he'll have a shot to return to the starting rotation.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 11:14:00 AM

Brandon McCarthy (hip) threw a five-inning simulated game on Tuesday afternoon.

It lasted about 75 pitches. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he'll wait until Wednesday to see how McCarthy feels before revealing the next course of action for the rehabbing right-hander. McCarthy struggled badly with his control in August before landing back on the disabled list with a hip injury. He's been limited to eight MLB starts in 2016, largely due to his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 07:46:00 PM

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) will throw 75 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday.

McCarthy struggled with his control in a three-start stretch with the Dodgers in August before landing on the DL with hip soreness. He was hit hard in a minor league rehab start from there, but there were positive reports coming out of a simulated game last week. The Dodgers haven't ruled him out from returning, but it's unclear what role he could have down the stretch or doing the postseason.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 08:39:00 PM

Brandon McCarthy (hip) will pitch in a simulated setting this weekend at the Dodgers' spring training complex in Arizona.

McCarthy was pounded for 10 runs -- five earned -- over four innings last Monday in a rehab start with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and won't be asked to pitch for Triple-A Oklahoma City in their Pacific Coast League championship series against the Triple-A affiliate of the Padres. (Brett Anderson is starting Game 3). McCarthy has been sidelined since August 14 with a hip injury and has made just eight total appearances at the major league level in 2016.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 06:42:00 PM

Brandon McCarthy (hip) will make a rehab start with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Monday.

Working his way back from a hip injury, McCarthy threw a five-inning simulated game last week with no issues. He could be ready to rejoin the Dodgers' rotation as soon as next weekend, although it's unclear what exactly the club's plans are for the right-hander.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 12:37:00 PM

Brandon McCarthy (hip) worked a five-inning simulated game on Tuesday.

McCarthy remains without a timetable for activation, but he is obviously getting pretty close. The right-hander landed on the disabled list August 13 with stiffness on the right side of his hip. He holds a 3.63 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 38/24 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings (eight starts) this season with Los Angeles.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 07:26:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Yasmani Grandal
2Austin Barnes
3Bobby Wilson
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2Ike Davis
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Corey Seager
2Chris Taylor
3B1Justin Turner
2Rob Segedin
LF1Andrew Toles
2Franklin Gutierrez
3Scott Van Slyke
CF1Joc Pederson
2Trayce Thompson
3Enrique Hernandez
4Tyler Holt
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Andre Ethier
Starting Pitcher
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Rich Hill
3Kenta Maeda
4Hyun-Jin Ryu
5Brandon McCarthy
6Scott Kazmir
7Julio Urias
8Alex Wood
9Ross Stripling
Relief Pitcher
R1Kenley Jansen
2Sergio Romo
3Pedro Baez
4Grant Dayton
5Luis Avilan
6Adam Liberatore
7Chris Hatcher
8Josh Ravin
9Josh Fields
10Yimi Garcia
11Brandon Morrow