Brandon McCarthy exceeded expectations in his return to the mound Thursday.

McCarthy, who’s appeared in just 14 games in the last two seasons, earned a rotation spot in March. He validated it with his first start of the season. McCarthy went six innings, with his lone mistake a Wil Myers 2-run homer in his final frame. The veteran looked poised, collected and confident.

McCarthy had 38 pitches through four innings. The Padres forced 40 pitches across the next two, with Myers’ blow coming at the tale end.

The cherry on top was McCarthy’s base hit in the bottom of the 4th.

McCarthy went father in his start than Kenta Maeda and Rich Hill the days before. L.A. will need its starters to pitch deeper to avoid burning out the bullpen, and a healthy McCarthy is a difference maker in that regard.

One start is one start, but promising for McCarthy. If Thursday was a preview of what’s to come, the Dodgers have to be excited for McCarthy’s prospects.

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