32-year old right-hander Brandon McCarthy only made four starts last season before having to be shutdown for Tommy John Surgery. However, that doesn’t mean that the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher will be missing 2016.
In fact, according to McCarthy himself at Fan Fest today, it looks like he will be ready sometime during the summer. If so, that definitely could be a shot in the arm for a Dodgers team looking for even more starting pitching depth.
From Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) at the Orange County Register:
TJ rehabber Brandon McCarthy said he's thrown off a mound 4-5 times. Targeting summer solstice (June 21) for return. #Dodgers.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) January 30, 2016
So, there you have it. McCarthy sounds like he’s trying to get back in time for the summer so that he can help the team. The upside here is that he has thrown off the mound four or five times in an effort to get back out there. This is all good news. And it didn’t stop there with him.
From Eric Stephen (@truebluela) over at True Blue LA:
Brandon McCarthy said he has thrown off a mound 4-5 times. Said his goal is to make a start or two before the All-Star break
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) January 30, 2016
If his goal is to make a start or two before the All-Star break, then he might actually be able to achieve that goal. If he comes back around late June then that puts him on pace to make a couple starts before the break.
Once again, nothing but good news here. It sounds like McCarthy is right on track, and with Hyun-jin Ryu possibly coming back by Opening Day it looks like the Dodgers will be ready to roll as the season goes along.