Brandon McCarthy
SP LAD
5 days ago

McCarthy is expected to make the Dodgers' rotation, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 33-year-old was already trending in that direction this spring, seeing a gradual increase in his workload with each start. McCarthy's 2016 season was marred by injuries, and he was ineffective when he was on the mound (4.95 ERA and 1.38 WHIP). His 5.8 BB/9 was an outlier last season, and may have been a result of pitching through injuries. The veteran righty has displayed improved control (7:1 K:BB ratio) over 13 innings this spring while maintaining his low-to-mid 90s fastball velocity. When healthy, McCarthy possesses deep-league value as a pitcher with decent strikeout potential and a favorable home park.

Brandon McCarthy
SP LAD
1 week ago

McCarthy's usage in Wednesday's win over the Mariners hints at a starter's role.

EDGE Analysis

The results were poor for the veteran arm (3.2 IP, 3 ER, 2 K), but his 60-pitch workload hints at the role the Dodgers envision for him. His velocity is back up to the low-to-mid 90s range it was over the past few seasons, and the gradual increase in pitch count indicates that management does not view him as a bullpen arm. There is still plenty of time left for the dust to settle around the competition for the club's final two rotation spots, but McCarthy has moved into a favorable position.

Brandon McCarthy
SP LAD
3 weeks ago

McCarthy started Friday's split-squad game against the Diamondbacks, allowing two runs on two hits over two innings.

EDGE Analysis

Friday's stat line is a microcosm of what type of pitcher McCarthy is. The quick two-run homer showed how hittable he can be at times, and the five-straight outs following the home run shows that he can be an effective starter. If you look past his two injury-marred seasons, McCarthy posted a sparkling 4.3 K/BB ratio over a four-year period spanning 2011-2014. With a fastball velocity in the low-to-mid 90s and big movement, there is potential for a bounce-back campaign. There is some deep sleeper potential in the 33-year-old's arm, but he has two big hills to climb; winning a rotation spot and overcoming his injury woes.

Brandon McCarthy
SP LAD
4 weeks ago

McCarthy threw two innings in a simulated game Sunday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Dodgers have been progressing the veteran starter slowly this spring after two injury-plagued seasons in LA, but manager Dave Roberts commented that McCarthy looked good and was executing his pitches throughout the session. If he can stay healthy all spring, the right-hander should be in the mix for one of the final rotation spots up for grabs.

Brandon McCarthy
SP LAD
1 month ago

McCarthy will participate in a bullpen session Friday, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.

EDGE Analysis

Limited to only 13 starts in the last two seasons, the injury-prone right-hander has been throwing for much of the offseason at his normal velocity. He's included in the large group of arms competing for a rotation spot, and if the 33-year-old can win a starting job, he's worth a late-round flier in deep fantasy formats.

Brandon McCarthy
SP LAD
2 months ago

McCarthy has been throwing off a mound with full velocity this offseason, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is an encouraging sign for McCarthy with pitchers and catchers just weeks from reporting to spring training. Injuries have plagued McCarthy since arriving in Los Angeles as he's combined for 13 total starts in the last two years. Gurnick also notes that McCarthy's command has improved, which is significant after the veteran notched a 5.85 BB/9 last season. McCarthy appears to be a full go heading into the spring.

Brandon McCarthy
SP LAD
6 months ago

McCarthy is not scheduled to make another start this season.

EDGE Analysis

Instead of going with the veteran option to be their number four starter, the Dodgers decided to deploy Julio Urias for Thursday's matchup with the Padres. It's unclear if this completely writes McCarthy off of the rotation for the remainder of 2016 or if the Dodgers brass just wants to see Urias start one last time before the season's conclusion, but this news is not promising for the right-hander.

Brandon McCarthy
SP LAD
6 months ago

McCarthy took a no-decision after allowing two runs on four hits and one walk with six strikeouts in 5.1 innings during Sunday's 4-3 win over the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

McCarthy filled in for Rich Hill, who was scratched due to concerns over his recurring blister issue, and kept Colorado at bay in his first start since August 13. McCarthy was inconsistent prior to going on the DL with right hip stiffness, flashing a 9.9 K/9 rate but also struggling with his command (6.2 BB/9) over 34.2 innings. He was sharp in his return, however, throwing 57 of his 79 pitches for strikes. The date of his next start is uncertain.

Brandon McCarthy
SP LAD
6 months ago

McCarthy (hip) was reinstated from the 15-day DL on Sunday, MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

McCarthy had already been announced as Sunday's starter, but this move to the active roster will make it official. The 33-year-old hasn't taken the hill for the Dodgers since Aug. 13, but posted a respectable 3.63 ERA over 34.2 innings in 2016 prior to experiencing the hip stiffness that landed him on the disabled list.

Brandon McCarthy
SP LAD
6 months ago

McCarthy (hip) will start Sunday against the Rockies, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

EDGE Analysis

He will be activated from the DL on Saturday and slot into the rotation Sunday, as the Dodgers will skip Rich Hill as a precaution in hopes of preventing further issues with his blister. McCarthy is unlikely to go much more than four or five innings, as he has not pitched in a game since a four-inning rehab start on Sept. 5. He could conceivably make one more start next weekend, assuming everything goes well Sunday.