Brandon McCarthy Returns From DL, Gets Monday Start Vs. Mariners

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Brandon McCarthy Activated, Will Start Monday For Athletics

Oakland Athletics righthander Brandon McCarthy, who has been on the disabled list since May 19 with shoulder trouble, was activated Sunday and will pitch Monday against the Mariners, according to MLB.com.

The A’s had been using a six-man rotation, but with McCarthy’s return, they will resume the normal five-man rotation that most teams use. Tom Green writes at the MLB.com link:

McCarthy made two rehab appearances with Class A Stockton, including one start. The righty pitched a combined 10 innings, including six innings of one-run ball on June 29. Because he wasn’t fully extended during his rehab outings, it is likely McCarthy will be held to a pitch count similar to the one fellow starter Rich Harden had during his season debut on Friday.

Lefthander Josh Outman, who had pitched effectively for the A’s during McCarthy’s absence, with a 3-3 record and 3.47 ERA and six quality starts in eight total outings, was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for McCarthy on the roster.

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Brandon McCarthy Injury: Righthander To Make Rehab Start

You might think, at first glance, that the San Francisco Giants are having fun with the status of their cross-bay rival’s pitcher, Brandon McCarthy, by reading this tweet:

Update: Oakland A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy is scheduled to start tonight’s game against the Giants on a rehab assignment.

Teams are in the interleague portion of the schedule and, ha ha, maybe the Athletics are having some fun at the Giants’ expense?

Nope. Of course, that’s a tweet from the Giants’ Class A affiliate, the San Jose Giants, at the other end of the bay from the two major league teams. And McCarthy will be making a rehab start tonight for the Stockton Ports, the A’s affiliate in the California League, as he comes back from a shoulder problem first suffered last month that put him on the DL.

The fact that the A’s would probably be best served by moving to San Jose, and the fact that the Giants can block any such move because it’s their “territory” has nothing to do with that tweet. Nope. Nothing at all.

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Brandon McCarthy Injury: Third Shoulder Fracture Puts Oakland Starter On DL

You have to feel for Brandon McCarthy. The one-time top prospect battled a ton of significant injuries early in his career. He signed with the Oakland A's this past offseason looking for a fresh start, complete with a new approach and a new delivery, and through nine starts he posted a 3.39 ERA with 37 strikeouts and only ten walks. But just when everything seemed to be going well, on Friday we've learned that McCarthy is headed to the disabled list with a "stress reaction" in his right shoulder.

Why is this so troubling? Because it's McCarthy's fourth run-in with the same problem since 2007. This isn't a new injury. This is a repeat of an old injury, and while McCarthy didn't miss gobs of time the first three times it happened - and while McCarthy isn't expected to miss gobs of time this time, either - it's an indication that McCarthy just can't put his past behind him, and one wonders how well suited his body is for the rigors of pitching every five days.

Only making this all the worse for the A's is that starter Tyson Ross is also on the DL, and he was the replacement for Dallas Braden, who's out for the season. Oakland's pitching depth behind its top three is being put to the test as the A's try to hang around and make a playoff push in the tight AL West.

The starters who will replace Ross and McCarthy have yet to be announced.

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