The Los Angeles Dodgers were dealt a scare in the sixth inning Saturday, though if Brandon McCarthy is to be believed, there are better days ahead.
McCarthy gave up three home runs in five innings with the third coming to Justin Upton, who hit his second of the game. As Upton’s three-run shot in the sixth sailed over the fence McCarthy signaled to the Dodgers’ dugout, indicating he was dealing some sort of ailment.
Manager Don Mattingly and a trainer made a visit to the mound and after a brief discussion with the right-hander, took him out of the game. The immediate prognosis was elbow tightness and according to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, McCarthy has previous history with the pain and will undergo an MRI after passing ligament tests:
Last year was a little bit different. That was more, warming up was a hassle then in the game it was OK. This one was a little bit more, in the game was hurting. They’re not too concerned with the ligaments so far. All the tests there seemed to be fine. Now it’s just going to be getting an MRI and finding out exactly what we’re looking at.
As for when he began to feel the discomfort, McCarthy revealed it dates back to his April 19 start against the Colorado Rockies:
It was toward the end of the Rockies game last week. You start to feel it. This time in between had been OK. You get some work done on (the elbow), get it moving. I dealt with something similar last year and it just worked its way out. So you just work with that thought that this will play its way through and today it just started to get to a point where stuff was diminishing, pain was really increasing.”
While losing McCarthy would be a significant blow for a pitching staff that’s still without Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers appear to be well-equipped in terms of depth. Including Scott Baker on Sunday, they’ve twice called on a pitcher from the Minors to make a spot start.
If the club is to need a more full-time solution, Mike Bolsinger, Zach Lee and Joe Wieland are among the pitchers on staff in Triple-A Oklahoma City.
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