A day after a mysterious disappearance of command ignited discussion about a recurrence of “the yips,” Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy was put on the disabled list because of tendonitis in his right knee.
The Dodgers executed a series of roster moves before Monday’s game against the Angels. McCarthy was shut down for 10 days. Reliever Ross Stripling was optioned to the minors. To fill the roster spots, the Dodgers recalled pitcher Brock Stewart and outfielder Trayce Thompson.
Manager Dave Roberts indicated that he was unsure if McCarthy’s knee issue affected his performance Sunday. In the second inning against the Colorado Rockies, McCarthy (6-3, 3.25 earned-run average) was unable to command his fastball and cutter. He issued two walks and threw three wild pitches. It looked similar to the bouts of wildness he dealt with last season as he returned from elbow ligament replacement surgery.
“He’s worked as much as anyone, if not harder than anyone,” Roberts said. “Because of not only the physical, what he had to go through and recover from, but the mental. And this is from last year to now. To have some of that going on in that second inning, yeah, I felt for him.”
Roberts applauded McCarthy for acknowledging the issue and refusing to shy away from it. McCarthy is expected to start again for the Dodgers before the All-Star break, Roberts said. The Dodgers did not announce the injury until after the clubhouse was closed to reporters.
The team had already inserted Kenta Maeda into the rotation. He is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Angels. Hyun-Jin Ryu will pitch Wednesday, Clayton Kershaw on Thursday. Kershaw switched places with Alex Wood, who will face the San Diego Padres on Friday at Petco Park.
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“It’s more of a luxury to keep him away from the disabled list,” Roberts said. “As an organization, we want to push it as far as we can, as far as days to not put him on the DL. It potentially could happen, but we’re hopeful we won’t need to.”
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