Brandon McCarthy throws against hitters for first time since head injury

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Brandon McCarthy took the mound yesterday and faced live hitters for the first time since a line drive to the head on September 5 fractured his skull.

McCarthy threw batting practice to his new Diamondbacks teammates from behind a protective screen, which is standard for all pitchers, and called the experience “completely normal.”

“Anything you would have thought might have been there wasn’t,” McCarthy said, via Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. “I was more nervous about where my command was at, where my stuff was at.”

Good news for a good pitcher and a good person to root for.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.