After a second consecutive bad start, Dave Roberts announced that Brandon McCarthy has been dealing with a blister issue on one of his fingers.
The blister problem has become an epidemic recently for pitchers in Major League Baseball, especially in 2017. The most recent occurrences are with Johnny Cueto of the San Francisco Giants, Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez of the Toronto Blue Jays and of course now Rich Hill and Brandon McCarthy of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Pitchers have began to complain that the stitching baseball is having an affect on their fingers, leading to the blisters and it has caused Major League Baseball to do some examination.
Apparently for Brandon McCarthy, this blister has been around for the entire season, dating back to the spring, before the season even started.
McCarthy on if blister has affected recent starts: “The blister has been since spring. It hasn’t gone away. There’s no correlation."
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 21, 2017
If the blister really has been lingering since before the season started, then there really is not a way to blame the blister for his string of subpar starts as of late.
The only thing to really heal a blister fully is time. With Hyun-Jin Ryu scheduled to take the mound on Monday, coming off of the disabled list, it is possible to see Brandon McCarthy placed there, allowing the blister to callous and eventually heal.
McCarthy had a recurrence of his finger blister today. Roberts said that giving him time off to start over and form a callous is an option.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) July 21, 2017
Dave Roberts considered that to be an option, but has yet to make any final decisions.
The blister issue is now a Major League Baseball-wide issue, not just taking its toll on the Los Angeles Dodgers. It would not be a surprise to see some sort of real investigation take place to see if it really is the stitching on the baseball causing this new problem.