McCarthy said he anticipates undergoing Tommy John surgery. That would put him on course to return around the All-Star break next season, he said.
McCarthy, 31, signed with the Dodgers for four years and $48 million, the most prominent winter signing by the team's new front office. In his first nine years in the major leagues, he had started 30 games once and been on the disabled list 11 times, but never with an elbow injury.
“This falls for me into the ‘this could happen to anyone’ category,” said
Friedman would not say whether he believed Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has not pitched this season because of what the team has called inflammation and tightness in his left shoulder, would return by June 1. For now, the Dodgers’ rotation consists of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, the oft-injured
Friedman said trades in April and May “are pretty uncommon” and indicated the Dodgers would fill the rotation vacancies internally for the next two months on a “turn by turn” basis.
"We'll wake up in June having scouted other organizations over the next 4-6 weeks, and we'll see where we are," Friedman said.
He refused to rule out trading any of the Dodgers’ top young players – center fielder Joc Pederson, shortstop
"We don't have any hard and fast rules," Friedman said. "I think it would be incredibly difficult for us to trade guys who could be potential foundation pieces for us for a long time."
Friedman did rule out calling up the 19-year-old Urias from double A any time soon.
McCarthy was 3-0 with a 5.87 earned-run average in four starts; he had given up nine home runs in 23 innings.
"I hope I am easily replaceable," he said.
He said he hopes to celebrate a championship at the end of the season, no matter how little his contribution would have been. He said he was disappointed to learn of the injury and said he could not help but wonder if the ligament still would have been torn had he stopped pitching when he first felt discomfort in Saturday's game.
"That will be the only question I have," he said. "I don't know, if I kept going, if I was just making it worse. But I won't spend the rest of my life regretting it."
In 2012, McCarthy suffered a life-threatening brain hemorrhage when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of the Angels’