Brandon McCarthy will be out for the rest of the season after tearing his UCL in San Diego. Making only four starts this season, this was the risk that has been associated with McCarthy most of his career. He had been plagued with shoulder injuries in past seasons, though this is the second time in his career that he is being sidelined with an elbow injury. In 2009, while with the Texas Rangers, McCarthy made only five starts after dealing with inflammation in his right elbow. It is not known whether Tommy John surgery will be necessary; however, if the surgery is required, we will not see McCarthy take the mound again until late 2016 at the earliest.
As a result of this news, Adam Liberatore has been recalled from triple-A and will take Brandon’s place on the roster. Going forward, it is unknown how this plays out for the rotation. With McCarthy now gone and an unknown timetable for Hyun-jin Ryu’s return, get ready to see a repeat of 2013’s pitching debacle. Per Bill Shaikin, according to Andrew Friedman, here are the Dodgers options for pitching depth:
And now the season suddenly feels longer.