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Brandon McCarthy to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday

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Here’s some bad — but not unexpected — news.

According to MLB.com beat reporter Ken Gurnick, Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy — who was diagnosed Monday with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow — is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday in Los Angeles. The procedure comes with a 12-15 month recovery timetable, so McCarthy probably won’t be back in the majors until next June or July.

McCarthy signed a four-year, $48 million free agent contract with Los Angeles this past offseason after posting a 4.05 ERA, 1.275 WHIP, and 175/33 K/BB ratio across 200 innings last season for the Diamondbacks and Brewers. The 31-year-old had a 5.87 ERA, 1.217 WHIP, and 29/4 K/BB ratio through 23 innings (four starts) this season with the Dodgers.

McCarthy, a smart, funny dude and one of the few athletes worth following on Twitter, told Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register on Wednesday that he is “taking suggestions for hobbies.”

Video: Giancarlo Stanton smokes an absolute bomb to left off Mets starter Bartolo Colon

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Check out this first-inning, game-tying, two-run no-doubter from Giancarlo Stanton …

Stanton is currently sporting a .980 OPS with six home runs and 20 RBI in 22 games this season.

Gregory Polanco returns to Pirates’ lineup Wednesday

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Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco was held out the starting lineup both Monday and Tuesday after tweaking a muscle in his groin over the weekend, but he was able to pinch hit on Tuesday night and he is leading off for the Bucs in Wednesday night’s game against Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks.

The groin problem was obviously pretty minor.

Polanco, 23, is batting .284/.303/.419 with a homer, seven doubles, and seven stolen bases in 19 games this season for Pittsburgh. He was a consensus top-25 prospect heading into the 2014 season but posted a disappointing .650 OPS in 89 games as a rookie.

Video: Gary Thorne does his best Masters voice

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Camden Yards took on the calm feel of a golf event during Wednesday’s zero-crowd game between the White Sox and Orioles. And so Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne took the cue

Thorne has called college football, college hockey, NHL, and obviously Major League Baseball games, but he has never broadcasted golf in his long, decorated career. Cool to hear him try out the whisper.

Kenley Jansen to begin rehab assignment Friday

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Kenley Jansen crossed the final hurdle of his throwing program on Tuesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, throwing a 20-pitch simulated inning, and has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News says Jansen touched 96 mph with his fastball in Tuesday’s simulated frame — a pretty good indication that the hard-throwing righty is nearly back to full strength.

Jansen has been on the shelf all April following February foot surgery. He’ll make five or six appearances in the minors before joining the Dodgers’ bullpen.

This comes with good timing, as veteran reliever Joel Peralta — the Dodgers’ primary fill-in at closer for the past three weeks — landed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with right shoulder soreness.