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Brandon McCarthy headed to disabled list with shoulder problems

Jun 1, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are placing right-hander Brandon McCarthy on the disabled list due to shoulder problems. This confirms a report by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Of course, shoulder issues are nothing new for McCarthy, who gave up six runs on nine hits over 2 2/3 innings in his most recent start Thursday against the Rangers. Signed to a two-year, $15.5 million contract over the winter, the 29-year-old right-hander has a 5.00 ERA and 39/10 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings through 11 starts. Only CC Sabathia and Joe Blanton have allowed more hits than McCarthy (85) so far this season.

The Diamondbacks will call up right-hander Randall Delgado to take McCarthy’s place on the roster. Acquired from the Braves in the Justin Upton deal in late January, he has an ugly 6.84 ERA and 45/30 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings through 11 starts this season with Triple-A Reno. It’s possible that he’s just coming up to pitch in long relief until McCarthy’s rotation spot is needed on Tuesday. Tyler Skaggs, who was sent back down to the minors after he struck out nine in six scoreless innings in Monday’s doubleheader, is the strongest option to fill.

  1. shanabartels - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    I’m surprised the first sentence of this article wasn’t “Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.”

  2. djjackson81 - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    It is what it is Hudson may have just found a roster spot if McCarthy’s is on DL long.

  3. paperlions - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Skaggs has to spend at least 10 days in the minors before he can be recalled and he was sent down on the 30th. Skaggs can’t come back up until the 9th (or the 10th if the 30th doesn’t count as one of the days).

    • jwbiii - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      The 10 day optional assignment rule is waived in the case of injury replacements, so they could call Skaggs up now. But if they call up Delgado, I don’t think they can call Skaggs up until later.

      • paperlions - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        I think you are correct, Skaggs would have to be the guy to replace the injured player to get around the 10 days.

      • djjackson81 - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        McCarthy start is Tuesday so Delgado was the call up for an extra arm in the bullpen for now. Skaggs will be up Tuesday for McCarthys start.

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