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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 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. Sep 25 - 8:19 PM

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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.
Sep 24 - 11:14 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.
Sep 20 - 7:46 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.
Sep 19 - 8:39 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.
Sep 13 - 6:42 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.
Sep 4 - 12:37 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.
Aug 30 - 7:26 PM

Brandon McCarthy (hip) is scheduled to throw Tuesday.

McCarthy has been sidelined since August 13 due to right hip stiffness, but he threw a bullpen session last Wednesday and continues to ramp things up for his return. It's unclear when he might be activated or what his role might be once he's ready. The Dodgers' rotation has a lot of uncertainty at the moment.
Aug 29 - 7:53 PM

Dodgers placed RHP Brandon McCarthy on the 15-day disabled list with right hip stiffness.

McCarthy first suffered the injury while fielding a bunt on August 2 and it's clearly been affecting his control since then. It's unclear how long he might be sidelined.
Aug 14 - 2:12 PM

Brandon McCarthy said he expects to go on the disabled list after leaving Saturday's game against the Pirates with right hip stiffness.

McCarthy first suffered the injury while fielding a bunt against the Rockies on August 2. He's fallen flat in his last two outings, allowing 10 walks in only 5 1/3 innings. McCarthy acknowledged that he'd likely need a rehab assignment to work on his mechanics before returning to the big leagues. Ross Stripling is a candidate to fill McCarthy's spot in the starting rotation.
Aug 13 - 9:15 PM

Brandon McCarthy left Saturday's game against the Pirates with right hip stiffness.

It was another tough day for McCarthy, who surrendered three runs, two hits and five walks over 1 2/3 innings. McCarthy has allowed five walks in three consecutive outings while showing absolutely no command of the strike zone. Only 22 of his 51 pitches Saturday went for strikes. McCarthy came back from Tommy John surgery last month but that doesn't explain his sudden wildness. He's iffy for his next start Friday against Cincinnati.
Aug 13 - 6:34 PM

Brandon McCarthy is scheduled for another bullpen session Thursday.

McCarthy showed improved command while throwing off a mound Tuesday, but the Dodgers want him to go through one more test before giving him the OK to start Saturday against the Pirates. If he needs to be skipped, the Dodgers will likely turn to Julio Urias. McCarthy again failed to make it out of the fourth inning Sunday against the Red Sox and has issued a total of 10 walks over his last two starts.
Aug 10 - 1:21 PM

Brandon McCarthy felt good after a bullpen session Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

McCarthy failed to make it out of the fourth inning Sunday against the Red Sox and has walked 10 batters over his last two starts, but he is expected to take his next scheduled turn Saturday versus the Pirates.
Aug 9 - 6:22 PM

Brandon McCarthy is still expected to take his next turn Saturday against the Pirates.

McCarthy failed to make it out of the fourth inning Sunday against the Red Sox and has now walked 10 batters over his last two starts, but the Dodgers are sticking with him for now. He's lined up to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday in preparation for his next start.
Aug 8 - 7:22 PM

Brandon McCarthy struggled mightily with his command in Sunday night's start against the Red Sox, allowing two runs on two hits and five walks over 3 2/3 innings.

The right-hander did not strike out a batter in the ballgame. His control problems led to him being lifted from the start much earlier than the Dodgers would have liked, though their bullpen stepped up and protected the lead for the remainder of the game. Even with this rough outing, McCarthy still sports a 3.27 ERA and 1.12 WHIP on the season. He'll take on the Pirates his next time out at home on Saturday.
Aug 7 - 10:41 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2Carlos Ruiz
3Austin Barnes
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Chase Utley
2Howie Kendrick
3Charlie Culberson
4Micah Johnson
SS1Corey Seager
2Chris Taylor
3B1Justin Turner
2Rob Segedin
LF1Trayce Thompson
2Andre Ethier
3Scott Van Slyke
CF1Joc Pederson
2Enrique Hernandez
RF1Josh Reddick
2Yasiel Puig
3Andrew Toles
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Kenta Maeda
3Rich Hill
4Scott Kazmir
5Hyun-Jin Ryu
6Julio Urias
7Brandon McCarthy
8Jose De Leon
9Brett Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Chris Hatcher
3J.P. Howell
4Joe Blanton
5Yimi Garcia
6Jesse Chavez
7Louis Coleman
8Adam Liberatore
9Grant Dayton
10Alex Wood
11Josh Ravin
12Josh Fields
13Brock Stewart
14Luis Avilan