Brandon McCarthy entered last season as a popular sleeper after getting his career back on track with the Yankees in the second half of 2014, baffling an unsuspecting American League with a rediscovered cutter. But his encore ended four starts in when he needed -- you guessed it -- Tommy John surgery. So now he's shooting for a midseason return at best, and the Dodgers, with all their resources, probably won't be in a hurry to get him back. As good as he was in that half-season with the Yankees, his upside isn't high enough that you should be counting down the days until his return, at least not in mixed leagues. You could take a flier on him in NL-only formats, though.
McCarthy (elbow) has thrown off the mound 4-5 times, as of late January, and said he is targeting a late-June return for the Dodgers, the Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett reports. He specifically said he is targeting a return on the summer solstice (June 21), which would allow him to make two starts for the Dodgers before the All-Star break. Given the Dodgers' relatively unprecedented rotation depth, they could be clicking on all five rotation spots when McCarthy is ready to return. However, Kenta Maeda, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brett Anderson can safely be described as health risks, so the a spot should open up for McCarthy, one way or another. He doesn't offer the upside to make him worth stashing in standard leagues, but he's definitely worth following once he starts going on rehab outings this spring.
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.
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 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 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.