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A’s place starters Brandon McCarthy and Tyson Ross on DL

May 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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Oakland lost two-fifths of the starting rotation to the disabled list today, with Tyson Ross going on the shelf with a strained oblique and Brandon McCarthy revealing that he has a stress reaction in his shoulder.

Ross was already filling in for an injured Dallas Braden, who’s now out for the season following shoulder surgery, so the A’s rotation depth is suddenly being tested in a big way.

McCarthy has a long history of injuries, so this setback is unfortunate after he resuscitated his career by winning a rotation spot in spring training and then posting a 3.29 ERA with a 37/10 K/BB ratio in 64 innings.

Oakland added some pitching reinforcements in the form of Joey Devine, Jerry Blevins, and Fautino De Los Santos, but with all three of those guys being relievers they will have some other moves coming shortly.

  1. Senor Cardgage - May 20, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Saw that coming. What’s the over/under at this point on injuries before McCarthy calls it quits (or the A’s do it for him)?

  2. Panda Claus - May 20, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    The injury of 2011 so far appears to be “strained oblique”.

  3. APBA Guy - May 20, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Double ouch-see earlier comment on Ross and Outman. David ‘Big Foot” Purcey was brought in as the long man to replace Ross in that role, but he truly does not have the endurance to start at this point in the season. Looks like teh Sacramento Shuttle will be full of auditioning AAA starters. Hey, doesn’t that guy look like Rich Harden?

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