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Brandon McCarthy | Starting Pitcher | #38

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/7/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 234
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Lamar (CO) CC
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 17 (0) / CWS
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Brandon McCarthy yielded two runs (one earned) in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Friday.
It was his longest outing since returning from Tommy John surgery. McCarthy struck out four and walked three while giving up just one hit. Two runs scored on the play thanks to an error by center fielder Joc Pederson. McCarthy owns a 1.61 ERA and 26/7 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings over four starts since coming off the DL and needs to be owned in most mixed fantasy leagues. Jul 23 - 1:02 AM

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Brandon McCarthy struck out eight batters in six scoreless innings but did not earn a decision for his stellar efforts versus the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

He gave up only three base hits and didn't walk anybody. This was McCarthy's third start of the season after recovering from Tommy John surgery. So far the returns have been fantastic. He has pitched very well in all three starts and sports a 1.69 ERA with 22 strikeouts and only four walks in 16 innings. This is a guy with a 4.12 ERA in over 1000 career innings, so don't overspend to acquire him for your team. That said, he should remain a quality fantasy starter until he gets hurt again.
Jul 17 - 1:32 AM

Brandon McCarthy surrendered three runs on three hits in five innings of work in the Dodgers' 4-3 win over the Padres on Saturday, striking out six and walking three.

He was making his second start after spending the first three months of the season on the DL. He was lifted after only 77 pitches today, but should see the leash come off as he builds up stamina over his next few starts. He has a 2.70 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 10 innings.
Jul 9 - 10:27 PM

Brandon McCarthy delivered an outstanding performance in his season debut on Sunday, striking out eight batters over five shutout innings in a victory over the Rockies.

McCarthy allowed just two hits and a walk on the afternoon. So far, so good for the right-hander in his return from Tommy John surgery, as he had Rockies hitters off-balance the entire contest. He makes for a nice addition in all mixed leagues at this point and has a nice matchup on tap with the Padres coming to visit on Friday.
Jul 3 - 7:06 PM

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

McCarthy has completed his rehab from Tommy John surgery and will make his season debut for the Dodgers on Sunday versus the Rockies. The right-hander didn't put up great numbers while on his rehab assignment, so fantasy owners should probably take a wait-and-see approach with him.
Jul 3 - 2:08 PM

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) will make his long-awaited return to the Dodgers starting rotation on Sunday against the Rockies.

The right-hander will be returning 14 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The move will push Julio Urias back a day until Monday, with Kenta Maeda toeing the slab on Tuesday. What it could do, is force Brock Stewart out of the rotation. McCarthy compiled a 5.27 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings in four minor league rehab starts.
Jul 2 - 1:55 PM

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) allowed four runs over five innings Monday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga in his latest minor league rehab start.

McCarthy gave up seven hits while walking none and striking out three. He got stretched out to 72 pitches. It's unclear what the next step will be, but the Dodgers haven't ruled out his return prior to the All-Star break. McCarthy is rehabbing from April 2015 Tommy John surgery.
Jun 28 - 8:30 AM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hasn't ruled out Brandon McCarthy (elbow) pitching in the majors before the All-Star break.

McCarthy, who is making his way back from Tommy John surgery, owns a 4.15 ERA and 8/3 K/BB ratio in 8 2/3 innings through three minor league rehab starts. He threw 3 2/3 innings in his most recent start on Wednesday, so he still needs to be stretched out a bit more before making his return.
Jun 24 - 7:41 PM

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) will make his next minor league rehab start with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday.

McCarthy went three innings in his start on Thursday, and will continue to build up his pitch count as he progresses. He's on track for a return to the Dodgers rotation in early July barring any setbacks.
Jun 17 - 6:17 PM

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) is expected to pitch three innings in Thursday's rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

That should come out to about 50 pitches. McCarthy threw 20 pitches over two innings of work in his first rehab start last Saturday. If all goes well, he'll be back in the major leagues sometime before the All-Star break.
Jun 16 - 5:09 PM

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) will make his next minor league rehab start on Thursday.

McCarthy, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, allowed one run over two innings Saturday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga in his first rehab start. He appears on track for a return in early July.
Jun 13 - 5:55 PM

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) allowed one run over two innings of work Saturday in a rehab start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

He walked a batter and allowed a solo home run while throwing 11 of his 20 pitches for strikes. McCarthy threw another 15 pitches in the bullpen after coming out of the game. McCarthy will need several more rehab starts before he's ready to join the Dodgers' rotation. The right-hander is a little over 14 months removed from Tommy John surgery.
Jun 11 - 10:14 PM

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) will likely begin a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday.

McCarthy is nearing his return from Tommy John surgery. He tossed a three-inning simulated game on Monday and has been medically cleared to take the next step in his recovery. The veteran right-hander is in line for a potential return to the Dodger rotation after the calendar flips to July.
Jun 8 - 7:21 PM

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) is ready for a minor league rehab assignment.

McCarthy, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, got the green light after he threw a three-inning simulated game on Monday. He can stay on a minor league rehab assignment for a maximum of 30 days, which sets up his return in early-to-mid July.
Jun 6 - 7:10 PM

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) is scheduled to throw three innings in a simulated game on Monday.

He'll throw approximately 60 pitches during the session. He's still a long ways away from potentially rejoining the Dodgers rotation, but this is s a step in the right direction.
Jun 5 - 4:15 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
3Austin Barnes
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Chase Utley
SS1Corey Seager
2Chris Taylor
3B1Justin Turner
LF1Trayce Thompson
2Andre Ethier
3Scott Van Slyke
CF1Joc Pederson
2Enrique Hernandez
3Andrew Toles
RF1Yasiel Puig
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Hyun-Jin Ryu
3Scott Kazmir
4Kenta Maeda
5Alex Wood
6Brandon McCarthy
7Bud Norris
8Brett Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Chris Hatcher
3J.P. Howell
4Pedro Baez
5Yimi Garcia
6Joe Blanton
7Josh Ravin
8Louis Coleman
9Luis Avilan
10Adam Liberatore
11Grant Dayton
12Casey Fien
13Chin-Hui Tsao