McCarthy (knee) will not be ready to return from the 10-day disabled list next week, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. McCarthy landed on the disabled list with right knee tendinitis in late June and the issue apparently hasn't improved enough for him to return next week, likely extending his absence through the All-Star break. Max Fried is still expected to fill McCarthy's role in the Braves' starting rotation, assuming his blister issue doesn't cause further problems.
McCarthy was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with right knee tendinitis. McCarthy threw only 74 pitches during Sunday's start against the Orioles and came into the start having not pitched in nine days. It remains unclear how long the veteran right-hander has been dealing with the injury, but he is now sidelined through the first week of July, if not longer.
McCarthy (6-3) earned the win Sunday against the Orioles, allowing three runs on five hits with no strikeouts across five innings. He struck out five. McCarthy only allowed five men to reach on the day, but two of those hits happened to be home runs, which accounted for all the visitor's runs. Luckily he received plenty of early run support and left the ballpark with his first win in over a month. While his 4.92 ERA and 1.46 WHIP are nothing to write home about, McCarthy has allowed three earned runs or fewer in five of his last seven starts. These types of outings should be enough to earn the veteran a few more wins moving forward, with his next start scheduled Saturday against the Cardinals.
McCarthy will take the mound against the Orioles on Sunday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. McCarthy will be well rested for this start, with his last appearance coming against San Diego on June 15. The 34-year-old has been serviceable for the Braves this season, posting a 4.89 ERA and 1.49 WHIP with a 7.3 K/9 over 14 starts. With McCarthy set to pitch Sunday, Mike Foltynewicz (triceps) is now expected to come off the disabled list for Monday's game against the Reds.
McCarthy is expected to work out of the bullpen during the Braves' five-game slate this week, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. With off days Monday and Thursday and Mike Foltynewicz (triceps) due to return from the disabled list Saturday against the Orioles, the Braves have elected to streamline their rotation this week. That decision will be most detrimental to McCarthy, who will forfeit his turn in the rotation Wednesday in Toronto to Anibal Sanchez. After tossing seven shutout innings his last time out to bring his ERA below 2.00 for the season, Sanchez seems to have leapfrogged McCarthy on the depth chart and should build some more job security with another quality showing Wednesday. If Foltynewicz and Julio Teheran (hamstring) also make it through their respective outings without any health concerns, there's a good chance McCarthy would remain in the bullpen beyond this week. While he hasn't been a complete disaster this season (4.89 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 60 strikeouts in 73.2 innings), McCarthy probably hasn't performed well enough for the Braves to justify deploying a six-man rotation.