|Brandon's back. (Getty Images)|
The Athletics have their ace back. Right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who hasn't taken the mound since June 19 because of shoulder soreness, will be activated in time to start Friday against the White Sox. MLB.com's James Walker reports that the A's made the decision after McCarthy made it through a 23-pitch bullpen session without discomfort.
On the season, McCarthy has a 2.54 ERA in 78.0 innings pitched. As effective as he is when healthy, the 29-year-old has made eight trips to the DL in his seven-year career. Needless to say, the upstart A's are hoping his shoulder holds up for the stretch drive.
For the time being, McCarthy will take the rotation spot of A.J. Griffin, who himself recently hit the disabled list with shoulder problems.