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Brandon McCarthy set to start throwing in December

Nov 24, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

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The good news keeps on coming regarding Brandon McCarthy.

After McCarthy was cleared to resume baseball activities earlier this month, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears that the free agent right-hander is set to start throwing next month. In other words, he will have a normal offseason just a few months removed from season-ending brain surgery. Pretty great.

This is oddly a testament to McCarthy’s progress, but Passan hears that teams are more concerned about his history of shoulder issues at this point. However, assuming everything checks out with his medicals, executives believe he’ll be able to land a multi-year contract.

McCarthy, 29, posted a 3.24 ERA and 73/24 K/BB ratio over 111 innings this season. He owns a 3.29 ERA dating back to the start of the 2011 season. Only 23 pitchers (min. 250 IP) have a lower ERA during the same timespan.

  1. indaburg - Nov 24, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    That is wonderful news. Baseball is better with guys like Brandon in it.

  2. stex52 - Nov 24, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Hope he bounces back. Besides all the good pitching, he and Amanda make for some fun twitter noise over the course of the year. Kind of pitcher I could at least see the Astros bidding on.

    • indaburg - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      They crack me up on twitter. Funny, good-looking, adorable couple. Sickening. ;-)

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