McCarthy (2-1) suffered a loss to the Rays, giving up three runs on four hits over four innings on Wednesday. He also struck out seven and walked two. He had a one-run lead in the fourth, but he tossed up a two-run homer to Evan Longoria and then allowed another run on a double. It was good to see McCarthy back out there after he left Friday's game with an apparent cramp, but McCarthy threw the shortest outing of his brief season. He is 2-1 with a 2.39 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 33 strikeouts in 26.1 innings over five starts. His next outing will be Tuesday against the Rockies.
McCarthy left Friday's game in the seventh inning with an apparent right calf cramp/injury. The training staff came out to try to loosen up his calf, but he was pulled as the Dodgers opted to play it safe. He was in the midst of a very solid outing against the Cardinals, having logged 6.1 innings, giving up one earned run on one hit and three walks while striking out four. This was his longest outing since returning from Tommy John surgery, despite the fact that he exited before he would have if he'd not suffered an injury. His status will be updated when the team comments on the injury, but it didn't seem overly serious.
McCarthy shut down the Diamondbacks to the tune of just three hits across six scoreless innings in Saturday's no-decision, striking out eight without issuing a single walk. McCarthy was dominant and only allowed two men past first base while pounding the zone at a 71 percent clip. He needed just 77 pitches to get through six frames and likely could have gone deeper into the game, but the club seems to be handling him carefully after returning from the 60-day DL just two weeks ago. He has pitched quite well, however, and will take a sterling 1.69 ERA into Friday's start at the Cardinals.
McCarthy (2-0) gave up three earned runs on three hits and three walks over five innings in Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Padres. He struck out six. The veteran right-hander pitched solidly once again, with Yangervis Solarte's first-inning two-run homer serving the biggest blemish on his otherwise solid afternoon. McCarthy has now gone five innings in both of his starts, and has a solid 2.70 ERA and 0.90 WHIP to date. The 33-year-old will look to continue the strong start to his Dodgers stint following the All-Star break.
McCarthy (elbow) will return to the Dodgers and start Sunday against the Rockies, the Los Angeles Times reports. McCarthy has now appeared in four rehab outings, most recently tossing 72 pitches Monday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. He completed five frames in that contest, surrendering four runs (three earned) and striking out three. Given the workload to date, it wouldn't be wise to expect the right-hander to pitch deep into Sunday's game, so fantasy owners that have long awaited his return may want to temper their expectations. Look for the team to make an official roster move to activate McCarthy from the 60-day DL at any point prior to Sunday's first pitch.