So, we’ve reached the time of year when the words “on track” are heard almost as soften as “lost weight” and “added muscle”. This time, the subject is Brandon McCarthy and he’s recovering nicely, per the Dodges and the pitcher, himself.
ESPN’s Doug Padilla had the story on how the team is confident in its ability to cope with his recovery with the depth it has at his position.
Here’s what McCarthy had to say about a possible timeline that is even more optimistic than originally thought.
But McCarthy has not only targeted a return before the break, he wants to make exactly two big league starts by then.
“That means we have been pretty hiccup free, every box has been checked off and we have gotten to where I need to be then I should be feeling good at that point,” McCarthy said Tuesday. “But if it doesn’t get there then we just have to adjust as we go.”
McCarthy has become something of a golden child for those inclined to criticize the front office. In fairness to said criticism, McCarthy was signed to a four-year, $48 million deal after having trudged through several other injuries in the time leading up to the contract.
That said, if the expectation — or hope — is that he comes back around the all star break and bolsters the rotation for the playoff push akin to how a pitcher acquired around that time would, the remaining two full years and $20 million left on his contract suddenly look a little more appealing.
As of right now, can we call McCarthy’s signing successful? Of course not. Anyone speaking to the contrary simply isn’t being truthful. That said, there’s still plenty of time to redeem some value from the signing, so long as he recovers fully.
Dave Roberts seems to think that’s still very possible.
“He’s tracking nicely; he’s where he wants to be,” Roberts said. “Mentally he is in a good place, physically he’s where he wants to be so he’s getting better and hopefully we continue that trend.”