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.”

Ronald Acuña Jr. reaches a rare home run milestone

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Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.

Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.

The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.