Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy had to leave Saturday’s start with elbow tightness and tests have revealed the worst-case scenario. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that McCarthy has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, which means that he’s almost certainly headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery.
McCarthy turned a strong finish with the Yankees last season into a four-year, $48 million contract with the Dodgers over the winter. Some saw that as a risky deal, but his injury history has all been about his shoulder until now. McCarthy had a 5.87 ERA with nine home runs allowed over his first four starts with the Dodgers this season.
McCarthy has a torn ligament in his elbow and now has a lengthy rehab process in front of him, but at least he still has his trademark sense of humor:
We here at HardballTalk look forward to seeing McCarthy back to full strength next season.
The Dodgers are also without Hyun-Jin Ryu at the moment and it’s hard to count on Brett Anderson to stay healthy, so the back-end of their rotation has some big questions. Scott Baker made a spot-start against the Padres yesterday and Joe Wieland and Zach Lee linger as alternatives. Similar to the Cardinals, they could eventually look to the trade market, with Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels a logical possibility.
Adam Ottavino was just named as the Rockies closer two weeks ago, but now he’s headed to the disabled list with right triceps inflammation.
Ottavino downplayed the issue after getting the day off last Thursday and pitched in back-to-back games over the weekend, but he told Nick Groke of the Denver Post today that he didn’t feel like himself. The Rockies sent him for an MRI, so we should know more about his status soon.
Ottavino has been spotless so far this season, tossing 10 1/3 scoreless innings to go along with a 13/2 K/BB ratio and three saves. The Rockies are likely to turn to John Axford and/or Rafael Betancourt for save chances during his absence.
Protests and violence continue in Baltimore after the recent death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. The White Sox and Orioles were slated to play tonight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, but the game has officially been postponed:
It’s the right call to ensure the safety of everyone involved. The status of the other games this week are unclear, but MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told Steve Melewski of MASN Sports that it’s possible they could be played elsewhere. Baseball feels secondary at a time like this, anyway. Stay safe, Baltimore.
UPDATE: Maryland governor Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency while Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has announced a citywide 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew for the city beginning Tuesday. The curfew will last for least one week. Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com writes that the remaining games against the White Sox this week could be played in the afternoon. The Nationals are away this week, so another possibility could be to move the games to Washington, D.C.
The worst fears of Cardinals fans were realized today, as general manager John Mozeliak confirmed to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch a short while ago that ace right-hander Adam Wainwright has a torn left Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season.
Wainwright, who suffered the injury getting out of the batter’s box on Saturday against the Brewers, will undergo surgery this week. The expected recovery is 9-12 months, so it could even impact his preparation for the 2016 season. Wainwright, 33, is signed through 2018.
This news isn’t unexpected given Wainwright’s comments after the injury, but it’s no less brutal. Losing him is a big challenge. While the Cardinals could eventually seek some outside help via trade, they will try to get by with internal options for now. Marco Gonzales and Jaime Garcia are both sidelined with shoulder injuries at the moment, so either Tyler Lyons or Tim Cooney will likely serve as a stopgap.
The Marlins have stumbled out of the gate with a disappointing 6-11 record, but they entered play today on a three-game win streak and here’s some good news about their rehabbing ace.
According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Jose Fernandez is slated to throw to hitters next Thursday for the first time since his Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He’s still under a year removed from the procedure, so everything is going according to plan with his rehab process. He obviously still has some hurdles to cross, but the Marlins are hopeful that he could be ready to return as early as mid-June.
Fernandez, 22, owns a 2.25 ERA with 10.3 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 over his first 36 starts in the majors.