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38 Brandon McCarthy SP
Height/Weight: 6-7/200 | Birthdate: 7/7/1983 | Birthplace: Glendale, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: Lamar CC CO | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $5,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 10/1 | Average Draft Position: 198.54
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Dodgers P Brandon McCarthy undergoes Tommy John surgery


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) The Dodgers announced pitcher Brandon McCarthy underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday and will have a recovery period of 14-18 months, according to the Los Angeles Times

If it's an 18-month recovery period, that will place his return date in 2017. 

McCarthy tore his UCL and was moved to the 60-day disabled list. The Dodgers called up Eury De La Rosa to take his spot. 


Dodgers claim De La Rosa, transfer McCarthy to 60-day DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) The Dodgers claimed Eury De La Rosa from the Athletics and optioned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Los Angeles also transferred Brandon McCarthy (elbow) to 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster.

Dodgers' Brandon McCarthy to undergo Tommy John on Thursday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday, according to MLB.com.

McCarthy was diagnosed with a torn UCL Monday after leaving his last start of the season Saturday, when he left with elbow tightness. Standard recovery time for the procedure is 12-18 months and McCarthy is targeting next year's All-Star break for his return.

He posted a 3-0 record with a 5.87 ERA in 23 innings of work with 29 strikeouts and four walks.


Dodgers' Brandon McCarthy has torn UCL, out for season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy got the news he feared. 

McCarthy has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, the team announced. This injury is usually accompanied by Tommy John surgery. 

McCarthy said he will aim to return before the 2016 MLB All-Star break

McCarthy previously said he was hoping for the injury simply to be tendinitis. Initial tests came back negative, though now a tear has been confirmed. With McCarthy immediately sidelined, Scott Baker will receive a start either Friday or Saturday. 

McCarthy was 3-0 in four games this season with a 5.87 ERA. He struck out 29 batters, walked four and allowed 24 hits in 23 innings of work. 


Dodgers' Brandon McCarthy (elbow) hoping for tendinitis


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy is hoping that the elbow injury that forced him from Saturday's start against the Padres is merely tendinitis, MLB.com reports.

Initial tests on the elbow came back negative for ligament damage, so it's possible the injury will only be a short-term one for McCarthy, who gave up six earned runs in five-plus innings Saturday before being removed. He has posted an ugly 5.87 ERA through four starts but is 3-0 with an excellent 29:4 K:BB ratio in 23 innings.


Elbow tightness forces Dodgers RHP Brandon McCarthy from game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) The injury that forced Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy to leave his Saturday night start against San Diego has been revealed to be elbow tightness, MLB.com has reported. Its severity has yet to be determined.

McCarthy called for trainers after giving up three runs in the sixth inning and was removed from the game.


Dodgers RHP McCarthy removed from game with possible injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy left the game Saturday night against the Padres in the sixth inning after asking for team trainers to come out of the dugout, SB Nation is reporting.

McCarthy was soon removed in favor of Sergio Santos. He entered the inning with a 10-3 lead, but allowed two singles and a homer before his departure. It has yet to be revealed if McCarthy suffered an injury of was taken out merely as a precaution.

The right-hander performed well from the second through the fifth innings, allowing just one hit during that stretch. He had given up home runs to Wil Myers and Upton in a three-run first. He finished having surrendered six earned runs in five innings as his ERA soared to 5.87.


Dodgers RHP McCarthy gains unusual increase in velocity


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Nearly every major league pitcher experiences decreased velocity with age, leading to a greater need to keep hitters off-balance and develop pinpoint control.

Then there's Brandon McCarthy.

The Dodgers right-hander had generally been a soft-tosser. It's no wonder he's averaged about six strikeouts per nine innings in his career. But after signing a four-year contract worth $48 million in the offseason, he's become a comparative fireballer. McCarthy has 25 strikeouts in 18 innings this year. Granted, it's a small sample size, but the radar gun doesn't lie.

Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is impressed.

"It's kind of like he learned how to pitch backwards, almost," Grandal told the Orange County Register. "When guys have velocity, they rely on the velocity early in their career. And then, once they lose it, they go back and start working on movement. It's actually really good for a guy not to throw that hard when he comes up and then all of a sudden starts pumping 95 and 96. Whenever he needs movement, he can throw for movement, and whenever he needs velocity, he can reach back and throw hard."

McCarthy's average fastball was clocked at 89.4 miles an hour in 2007, per Fangraphs.com. He has it at 93.6 this year. McCarthy has cited a more intense work regimen in the offseason for the increase.


Journeyman P Brandon McCarthy may have found home with Dodgers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Journeyman pitcher Brandon McCarthy may have finally found a home as the right hander, who signed a $48 million contract with the Dodgers ($6 million signing bonus) during the offseason, is off to a solid start after his strong performance Sunday against the Rockies, reports the Denver Post.

McCarthy is with his sixth MLB team and seems solidified as the Dodgers' fourth starter this year.

"He was a lot better," Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said after Sunday's game. "Take a look at his velocity when we faced him last year in Arizona. He was 90-91. Today, he was 95. He's a completely different pitcher."

Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy moves to 2-0 with six strong innings


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy (2-0) scattered three hits, all singles, and did not give up a run in six innings in his win over the Rockies on Sunday.

McCarthy fanned six in the victory.

McCarthy's next start is set for Friday in San Diego.

Dodgers SP Brandon McCarthy fans 10 Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy pitched seven innings and struck out 10 batters during Monday's win against the Mariners.

However, McCarthy allowed four home runs, which led to five earned runs and a no-decision.

His next start will likely be Sunday vs. the Rockies.


Dodgers' Brandon McCarthy strikes out nine, earns win vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy picked up a win in his season debut Wednesday, allowing four earned runs on nine hits and one walk in five-plus innings while striking out nine in his team's 7-4 victory over the Padres.

McCarthy surrendered a two-run home run in the first inning and a solo home run in the top of the sixth, but he was still able to pick up a win thanks in large part to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who racked up three home runs in the game. The pitcher is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday against the Mariners.


Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy lasts only 3.0 innings in loss


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/4/2015) Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy was touched for two earned runs in 3.0 innings of work in a loss on Friday.

McCarthy surrendered a home run to Angles third baseman David Freese.

Brandon McCarthy requests to start Dodgers' minor league game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy will start a minor league game on Monday, instead of pitching in an A-squad game. 

Manager Don Mattingly said McCarthy requested the change in his pitching schedule so that he could work on pitches and have better control over when he could get up and down between innings, per MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.


Dodgers' McCarthy on Wednesday dud: 'I struggled mechanically'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy was hit hard Wednesday, giving up six earned runs on eight hits in four innings while striking out two in his team's 7-5 loss to the Cubs, but he didn't use a "dead-arm" excuse after the outing, MLB.com reports.

"Physically, everything was fine," McCarthy said. "I struggled mechanically, and my stuff didn't do what I wanted it to do."

"A lot of balls were up," manager Don Mattingly said. "When that happens, they get flat, going from side to side and not down."

The pitcher indicated that it's sometimes beneficial to fail during the spring to dispel offseason notions of Cy Young campaigns. McCarthy had allowed two earned runs in five innings in his two previous spring starts.


Dodgers' Brandon McCarthy expected to remain a Yankee


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy says he expected to remain a Yankee once free agency opened, according to the New York Daily News

"In my mind, I thought it definitely was going to be the case," he said. "At least that’s where I was saying I wanted to go. At that point, I wasn’t considering anywhere else. It was perfect. It’s the Yankees." 

McCarthy added that he hoped to re-sign with the club immediately after the season, but that didn't happen. Once the offseason shifted to December, McCarthy realized he wasn't the team's first priority. 

Though he didn't hook on in New York, McCarthy said he's pretty happy with his decision to pitch for the Dodgers. "This is very similar to the Yankees," he said. "There are so many things that fit here. They were aggressive. It would be dumb to pass this up."

McCarthy posted a 4.05 ERA over 200 innings last year. 


Dodgers officially announce four-year deal for Brandon McCarthy


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) The Dodgers announced Tuesday they officially signed starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy to a four-year contract. The deal is reportedly for $48 million.

McCarthy has made just one career start at Dodger Stadium, allowing three runs on eight hits (one home run) and one walk in 6 1/3 innings in 2013.


Brandon McCarthy, Dodgers agree to deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Dodgers have agreed to a deal with free-agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman confirms. The deal, which was initially reported by FOXSports.com, is believed to be for four years and $48 million.

McCarthy made 18 starts with the Diamondbacks in 2014 before being traded to the Yankees, making another 14 starts and pitching a total of 200 innings. He posted a 4.05 ERA and 175:33 K:BB ratio, with his best work coming after being shipped to New York. The Dodgers, who stayed extremely busy Wednesday, will be McCarthy's fifth major-league team.


Dodgers closing in on Brandon McCarthy


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Dodgers are closing in on a four-year deal for pitcher Brandon McCarthy, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirms. The deal was initially reported by FoxSports.com.

The 31-year-old McCarthy posted a 4.05 ERA over 200 innings with Arizona and New York last season. McCarthy was much better after joining the Yankees, posting a 2.89 ERA in 90 1/3 innings. With New York, McCarthy was allowed to use his cutter more often, which may have been the reason for his resurgence. Terms of the deal are not known at this time. 


Royals focusing on Santana, Liriano and Hunter in free agency


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Royals appear to be focusing their free-agent efforts on starting pitchers Ervin Santana and Francisco Liriano, as well as veteran outfielder Torii Hunter, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Royals could also consider free agent pitchers Brandon McCarthy, Edinson Volquez and Jason Hammel.


Brandon McCarthy waiting on market to develop


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/8/2014) The Yankees have engaged free agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy in talks to return to the Bronx in 2015, but the pitcher is waiting on the market to develop before making a decision, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

McCarthy is popular in the free agent market as a second-tier option behind the top available pitchers, Heyman adds. He'll likely take his time in the hopes of signing the best possible deal once high-level options begin to dry up for potential suitors. McCarthy excelled after moving from Arizona to New York, going 7-5 with a 2.89 ERA and 82:13 K:BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings over 14 starts with the Yankees.


Yankees targeting mid-level starters to bolster 2015 rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) The Yankees have their sights set on mid-level free agent pithers such as Brandon McCarthy and Jason Hammel as they try to bolster their rotation, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, who has also reported that they hope to bring back lefty Chris Capuano as well.

McCarthy thrived after landing with the Yankees in early July, recording a 7-5 mark and lowering his ERA from 5.01 to 4.05. Hammel finished 10-11 with a 3.47 ERA with the Cubs and Athletics combined.


Brandon McCarthy allows five runs in loss vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Yankees pitcher Brandon McCarthy took a loss Tuesday, allowing five earned runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings while striking out eight in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Orioles.

McCarthy (10-15) was rocked for three home runs in the loss, marking the second time in five starts that he's served up three long balls. After pitching better since coming to New York, the starter owns a 4.05 ERA and 175:33 K:BB ratio in 200 innings. He isn't scheduled for another start.


Brandon McCarthy wins one Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Yankees pitcher Brandon McCarthy turned in a strong start Wednesday against the Rays.

McCarthy allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked one during the outing. McCarthy looked good to open the start, tossing three scoreless frames to open the game. He allowed his first run in the fourth inning. With two outs, Evan Longoria belted a solo home run against McCarthy. After a scoreless fifth inning, Longoria struck again in the sixth. This time, Longoria brought in a run on a ground out. 

With the win, McCarthy improved to 10-14. He’ll take on the Orioles in his next start. 


Brandon McCarthy earns the win Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Yankees pitcher Brandon McCarthy tossed a strong start Saturday against the Royals.

McCarthy allowed two runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one during the outing. McCarthy got off to a nice start, tossing two scoreless, hitless innings to open the game. A leadoff single wound up hurting him in the third. With a man on, McCarthy quickly managed two outs. He then gave up two straight singles, including a run-scoring knock to Alex Gordon. McCarthy would recover well, tossing three scoreless innings. He was tagged for another run in the seventh. A leadoff double advanced to third on a groundout, and managed to score on a sac fly. McCarthy was pulled from the game at that point. 

With the win, McCarthy improved to 9-14. He’ll take on the Orioles in his next start.