McCarthy will report to Triple-A Worcester after the Red Sox informed him Monday that he won't be included in the Opening Day bullpen, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
McCarthy, who had been attending spring training as a non-roster invitee, made a strong case for a spot with the big club after tossing seven scoreless innings in relief during Grapefruit League play. Though his contract included a clause that would have allowed him to head to another organization if extended a 40-man roster spot, no such offers were apparently on the table for McCarthy. He'll look to continue to pitch well at Worcester with the hope of eventually getting a promotion to the big leagues.
McCarthy signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
McCarthy became a free agent at the end of October rather than accepting an outright assignment from the Royals, and he'll now work out of Boston's minor-league system. The 28-year-old has made major-league appearances with the Royals in each of the last five seasons, and he posted a 4.48 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over 66.1 innings during the last two seasons.
McCarthy elected free agency Friday rather than accept an outright assignment to the minors.
McCarthy will try his luck on the open market after being removed from the Royals' 40-man roster. The righty threw 191.2 innings over parts of five seasons in Kansas City, recording a 3.80 ERA despite striking out just 14.5 percent of opposing batters.
McCarthy was optioned to the alternate training site after Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Reds, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
McCarthy has appeared in six games this season and allowed three runs on 10 hits with a 2:2 K:BB over six innings. The 28-year-old had a 4.48 ERA in 56 appearances for the Royals in 2019.
McCarthy (3-2) pitched a scoreless outing while allowing just one hit and striking out a batter across 1.2 innings Sunday while earning the win in the Royals' 6-4 victory over the Orioles.
McCarthy relieved starter Danny Duffy in the seventh inning and shut down the Orioles' hitters, which allowed the Royals to take and keep the lead in the seventh inning. The 27-year-old lowers his ERA to a 4.91 and owns a 27:19 K:BB across 46 innings of work.
McCarthy gave up two hits and struck out two through 2.1 scoreless innings to record his first save in a 6-1 win over the Twins on Sunday.
McCarthy entered the game in the seventh inning with a four-run lead and two runners on base before he immediately hit a batter to make things more interesting. However, he forced a groundball to end the inning and shut down the Twins in the next two frames to record his first major-league save. The right-hander is not likely to receive many save opportunities of the traditional sense, but he came through when needed in this contest. McCarthy has a 1-1 record with a 5.21 ERA through 19 innings this season.
McCarthy was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday.
Tuesday's game was rained out, but McCarthy should be available to pitch in Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals. He is not the 26th man for that doubleheader, and should remain up for the foreseeable future. McCarthy has a 2.77 FIP in 16.2 innings of relief at Triple-A, but has given up eight runs in 3.2 innings in the majors.
McCarthy was optioned to Triple-A Omaha.
The Royals added reinforcements to the pitching staff by promoting Heath Fillmyer and Richard Lovelady from Triple-A, so McCarthy was one of the players sent down in a corresponding move. He could return the next time the Royals need some fresh arms.
McCarthy struck out one in a perfect eighth inning Monday against the Angels, picking up his sixth hold of the season.
Tim Hill hit David Fletcher, the first batter of the eighth inning, and was then removed in favor of McCarthy. Wily Peralta picked up his first career save with a clean ninth inning, which only further complicates this closer-by-committee situation, which now features Peralta, McCarthy, Hill and Brandon Maurer.
McCarthy threw a scoreless seventh inning in Friday's win over the Astros, working around a pair of walks.
The 26-year-old was the first arm out of the bullpen to relieve starter Danny Duffy, and he helped preserve the lead before lefty Tim Hill got the save. Right-hander Brandon Maurer then blew a save chance Saturday, and that could open the door for McCarthy to take on a role in this newfound closer committee after Kelvin Herrera was traded earlier in the week.
McCarthy was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Friday.
In a corresponding move, the club optioned Brandon Maurer to Omaha. McCarthy failed to pin down a spot on the Royals' Opening Day roster but appeared in 33 games for the team last season, logging a 3.20 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 45 innings in a middle-relief role. He will likely be utilized in a similar fashion moving forward.
McCarthy was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports reports.
For a second straight season, McCarthy will report to Omaha to open the season after failing to lock down an Opening Day roster spot in the Royals' bullpen during spring training. The 26-year-old split time between Triple-A and the big club in 2017, posting a 3.20 ERA with the Royals and a 3.09 ERA with the Storm but also posting a K/9 rate below 5.5 at each stop. He should join the big club at some point in 2018.
McCarthy pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out four White Sox in long relief Wednesday.
The rookie's services were needed after starter Eric Skoglund lasted just three innings. Through 29 games this season, the 25-year-old owns a solid 2.75 ERA, but his poor 23:10 K:BB ratio and low-leverage role serves no purpose in fantasy circles.
McCarthy was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Friday.
With Joakim Soria (oblique) being placed on the disabled list, the Royals needed to add an arm to their bullpen. McCarthy has been a solid reliever for Kansas City this season, as he's built a 1.88 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 19 games (24 innings).
McCarthy was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Monday, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
The Royals decided to ship out McCarthy to make room on the active roster for Jake Junis, who was recalled from Omaha in a corresponding move to fill the injured Trevor Cahill's (shoulder) spot in the rotation. McCarthy saw a surprising amount of usage during his four-day stint with the Royals, appearing in three contests and giving up three runs (all unearned) on five hits and no walks over three innings.
McCarthy was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.
Trevor Cahill was sent to the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement, so McCarthy was summoned back to the big club to offer some bullpen depth for the time being. The 25-year-old owns a shiny 2.14 ERA through 21 innings with the Royals this season, but his 1.29 WHIP and 8:5 K:BB make him an unappealing fantasy option. He'll likely head back to the minors when room is needed for Cahill's replacement starter.
McCarthy was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.
Although McCarthy owns a fine-looking 2.14 ERA, he's been hit hard in 16 games this season. The right-hander has allowed 22 hits over 21 innings while managing an uninspiring 8:5 K:BB. A corresponding move is expected to be announced before Friday's game.
McCarthy managed a 2.57 ERA over 14 innings (10 appearances) in two first-half stints with the Royals.
Entering 2017, the 25-year-old had just 10 big-league games under his belt, yet managed to double that before hitting the All-Star break this year. McCarthy notched 16 saves last season with Double- and Triple-A, but the right-hander's low-90s fastball isn't suited for MLB closer duties. He may develop into a high-leverage reliever, but McCarthy certainly isn't that right now, thus making him an irrelevant fantasy option.
McCarthy was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Monday.
The right-hander will head back to the big leagues to take the spot of Eric Skoglund in the bullpen. McCarthy has been impressive with the Storm Chasers this season, sporting a 2.33 ERA in 20 appearances, and he also has four scoreless appearances in the big leagues under his belt. He'll look to carry these successes into a middle-relief role for Kansas City.
McCarthy was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
McCarthy looked excellent out of the bullpen during his four outings with the Royals, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings while giving up three hits and one walk. However, after recording seven outs Tuesday against the Astros, McCarthy likely wouldn't have been available for the next couple of days, so he'll head back to the minors in exchange for a fresher arm in Scott Alexander (hamstring), who was reinstated from the disabled list.
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|2015||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||33.0||16||0||0||3||3||4||23||5||24||1.64||0.879|
|2015||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||17.1||11||0||0||1||0||0||9||8||24||5.79||1.871|
|2016||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||33.1||25||0||0||2||4||5||30||16||28||2.99||1.329|
|2016||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||34.2||22||0||0||3||2||11||29||8||26||3.16||0.994|
|2017||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||32.0||25||0||0||1||1||2||17||9||32||3.09||1.281|
|2018||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||3.1||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||1||5||5.81||1.935|
|2019||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||16.2||13||0||0||0||0||3||15||5||19||3.89||1.482|