Dodgers’ Brandon McCarthy to make 2016 debut Sunday

first_imgMcCarthy had Tommy John surgery after suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament in April 2015. He was 3-0 with a 5.87 ERA in four starts before the injury.“We kind of sped it up a bit because of the circumstances,” Roberts said of the club’s state of pitching. “But Brandon’s excited to get back, and we expect him to pitch well on Sunday.”Roberts said the Dodgers’ depth has played a major role in keeping the team afloat. The Dodgers entered Friday’s game with a 44-37 record despite the rash of injuries.“I think that, you know, everyone uses that word ‘depth’ as just a standard line, but it really has played out that way,” Roberts said. “Without it, I don’t know where we’d be. Guys have had to step up certainly, but we’ve really tapped into starting pitching depth.“It is nice to get one of our guys coming back. Hopefully we get more of that.” Pederson received a cortisone shot Friday for a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder that he injured running into the outfield wall Wednesday.Roberts, however, implied that Pederson would still be active if the All-Star break wasn’t coming up.“Where we’re at, he’s going to get a cortisone shot to calm the pain and there’s a couple days you have to recover from that,” Roberts said. “You’re looking at essentially missing six or seven games, then you have four days over the break. As far as DL days, it just made sense for us.”Kershaw’s situation is more muddled. Roberts said that while Kershaw told the training staff and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt he was feeling “considerably better,” there isn’t a timetable for his return.“He’s resting at home, but he will be back at the ballpark (today),” Roberts said. “As far as what we are doing going forward, as far as his timetable for his return, there’s really no clarity.”Catcher A.J. Ellis said he had been in contact with Kershaw, but didn’t want to talk about the pitcher other than to say he was doing well.“To lose two impact players on your club it isn’t good,” Roberts said, “but our guys understand that it’s part of baseball and they have to do a little bit more.”To make room for pitcher Bud Norris, the Dodgers called up outfielder Will Venable from Triple-A Oklahoma City, a week after he was designated for assignment. Right-hander Layne Somsen also was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.Ryu could return soonRyu, who is coming off shoulder surgery, made another rehab start Friday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga against Stockton.Roberts said the Dodgers would wait to see how he fared after his eighth minor-league rehab start before deciding whether to activate him next week.“We’ll re-evaluate him and see if it makes sense for him to join us before the (All-Star) break,” Roberts said. “If not, he won’t.”Rain in Stockton limited Ryu to just 1-2/3 innings Friday. He is 2-0 with a 4.57 ERA in seven rehab starts with Rancho Cucamonga and Oklahoma City. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES >> After receiving troubling news about their ace, the Dodgers finally got some good news about their pitching rotation. One of their starters is coming back.Veteran right-hander Brandon McCarthy is expected to make his 2016 debut Sunday against the Rockies, a smiling Dave Roberts said Friday. The Dodgers manager announced McCarthy’s return minutes after telling reporters that three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw was placed on the disabled list because of a mild herniated disc.Center fielder Joc Pederson also was put on the disabled list because of a sprained right shoulder.The Dodgers’ starting rotation has taken hit after hit this season, so any healthy body is a welcome sight. In addition to McCarthy and Kershaw, starting pitchers Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brett Anderson and Alex Wood are on the DL.last_img

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