Brandon McCarthy walked through the Dodgers dugout Tuesday afternoon and called out to outfielder Trayce Thompson. McCarthy was headed for a bullpen session, his second in a three-day span as he tried to correct the defects in his delivery. He wanted Thompson to serve as a simulated hitter.
“Are you going right now?” Thompson said.
“I’m going to play catch, then I’m going to do it,” McCarthy said.
Thompson nodded and agreed to help. At this point in the Dodgers season, with the team rolling toward October, winners of 11 games in a row after a 9-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, McCarthy may be the most crucial player to watch before the July 31 nonwaiver...