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Brandon McCarthy | Starting Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/7/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Lamar (CO) CC
Contract: view contract details

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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. Nov 6 - 11:17 PM

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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.
Sep 28 - 6:48 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.
Apr 30 - 2:29 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.
Apr 29 - 6:43 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.
Apr 27 - 8:06 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.
Apr 27 - 7:16 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.
Apr 26 - 8:27 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.
Apr 25 - 11:58 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.
Apr 25 - 11:05 PM

Brandon McCarthy struck out six batters and did not allow a run to the Rockies in picking up his second win of the season on Sunday.

McCarthy had struck out 19 batters in his previous two starts. While he didn't go K-crazy on Sunday, he pitched efficiently, only allowing three hits and two walks in his six innings and exiting with just 92 pitches on the arm. The veteran has now struck out 25 in 18 innings. McCarthy's career K/9 is 6.6, so it's probably not logical to expect him to keep up this breakneck pace. He's in a good place with the Dodgers, though, and could end up with a fair number of wins by the end of the season. He'll try to build on the shutout in his start against the Padres next weekend.
Apr 19 - 8:15 PM

Brandon McCarthy served up four home runs but also struck out 10 batters in a no-decision versus the Mariners on Monday.

It was a Jekyll and Hyde performance for McCarthy. The Mariners were hitting him hard when they could make contact, as Nelson Cruz hit two home runs while Kyle Seager and Dustin Ackley hit once apiece. They swung and missed a lot as well, and McCarthy didn't issue any walks, both positives to take from the performance. The right-hander has allowed six home runs in his first two starts, but will try to limit the damage his next time out at home against the Rockies.
Apr 14 - 1:20 AM

Brandon McCarthy allowed four runs while striking out nine in Wednesday's win over the Padres.

McCarthy's line is an odd one. In addition to the nine strikeouts, he also gave up nine hits over his five innings. And he walked just one. All or nothing night for the pitcher. On the nothing side of the equation, he surrendered a two-run home run to Justin Upton in the first inning and a solo shot to Will Middlebrooks in the sixth. Yangervis Solarte added an RBI double in the same frame. McCarthy posted a 2.89 ERA and a 82/13 K/BB in 90 innings after being traded to the Yankees in the middle of 2014. Given his move to a friendlier ballpark, a friendlier league and a lineup devoid of whatever it was that the Yankees were trotting out last season, he's primed for a nice season if he can stay healthy.
Apr 9 - 1:59 AM

Brandon McCarthy struggled in his final Cactus League start on Friday, surrendering two runs on two hits over his three frames.

All of the damage came in the second inning on a two-run blast by David Freese. The veteran right-hander has had a bit of a rough go of it this spring, compiling a 6.62 ERA and 10/3 K/BB ratio over 17 2/3 innings. He'll be happy to get out of Arizona and into the pitcher-friendly confines of Dodger Stadium.
Apr 4 - 12:53 AM

Brandon McCarthy yielded three runs in 5 2/3 innings on Sunday versus the Rangers.

It was McCarthy's first Grapefruit League start since March 18, as he made his most recent start against the Reds in a minor league game in an effort to work on his command. The Rangers racked up seven hits and two walks against McCarthy, who struck out four. McCarthy has had a mediocre spring, carrying a 6.75 ERA in 13 2/3 innings, but the pitching-thin Dodgers will be relying on him at the back of their starting rotation.
Mar 29 - 7:32 PM

Brandon McCarthy was knocked around by the Cubs on Wednesday, serving up six runs in four innings.

It was not McCarthy's afternoon, as the Cubs got to him quickly in the first inning after Arismendy Alcantara tripled and scored, then put up a four-spot in the second inning thanks to a single, two doubles, and a Chris Coghlan three-run home run. All told, the right-hander allowed eight hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
Mar 18 - 7:01 PM

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