The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy went into Friday’s game with a 2-0 record having posted a 1.69 ERA in his first 3 starts with the Dodgers. McCarthy had a strong outing on Friday vs. the St. Louis Cardinals before exiting the game early with a leg injury.
In Friday night’s match up, McCarthy went up against RHP Michael Wacha. McCarthy recorded a season high with 6 innings pitched.
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However, in the bottom of the 7th inning McCarthy exited after throwing a season high 85 pitches. It appeared McCarthy had cramping in his right calf.
Brandon McCarthy exits with a season high 85 pitches and cramp in his right calf in Bot 7th inning. #Dodgers
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) July 23, 2016
McCarthy’s night was done as Adam Liberatore comes in in the 7th inning vs. the Cardinals. For McCarthy, it was his longest outing with the Dodgers since returning from Tommy John Surgery.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) July 23, 2016
Brandon McCarthy: 25 strikeouts, 9 hits allowed in 2016.
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It’s unclear if the discomfort is anything serious, but the last thing the Dodgers need is another player headed to the DL. Most recently, Yasiel Puig was once again dealing with a hamstring injury after exiting the game early vs. the Nationals on Thursday.
Fortunately for the Dodgers, Puig but could be back for the series finale on Sunday vs. the Cardinals.
Puig being given a couple of days. Likely to start Sunday.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) July 22, 2016
The Dodgers will have Kenta Maeda on the mound for game 2 in St. Louis on Saturday before Scott Kazmir takes the mound to close out the series on Sunday.
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