Brandon McCarthy is out for the year with a UCL tear, according to Don Mattingly.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 27, 2015
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) April 27, 2015
McCarthy now has a lengthy rehab process in front of him, but he still has his trademark sense of humor.
to be fair, 31 years of use is a lot to ask for from a ligament — Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) April 27, 2015
McCarthy called for a trainer immediately after serving up a three-run homer to Padres slugger Justin Upton in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday night at Petco Park.
McCarthy acknowledged after the game that he had been experiencing tightness in his pitching elbow for over a week.
After a series of injury-plagued seasons, being placed on the disabled list 11 times in seven years (2007-2013), he pitched a career-high 200 innings in 2014.
McCarthy turned a strong finish with the Yankees last season into a four-year, $48 million contract with the Dodgers over the winter and was seen as a risky deal due to his injury history.
McCarthy was 3-0 in four games this season with a 5.87 ERA. He struck out 29 batters, walked four and allowed 24 hits in 23 innings of work.