MRI on Brandon McCarthy’s shoulder rules out major damage

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The A’s sent Brandon McCarthy back to the Bay Area on Tuesday to get an MRI on his right shoulder.

The results are in, and the news is positive.

According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, structural damage has been ruled out and Oakland skipper Bob Melvin is optimistic that the 28-year-old right-hander won’t need another stint on the 15-day disabled list.

McCarthy will likely throw a bullpen session later this week to test the shoulder. If it goes well, he should remain on the active roster.

The impending free agent has registered a superb 2.79 ERA in 71 innings this year for the 27-35 Athletics.

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.