OAKLAND, CA - MAY 13: Brandon McCarthy #32 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 13, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Oakland Athletics right-hander Brandon McCarthy has been scratched from Wednesday’s scheduled start due to shoulder soreness, reports Jane Lee of MLB.com. McCarthy has returned to Oakland for an MRI on his sore right shoulder.
McCarthy has already missed three starts this season due to the ailing shoulder and the 28-year-old could be forced to the disabled list for the second time depending on the results of his MRI. McCarthy has battled similar soreness in his shoulder in four of the past five seasons.
McCarthy has pitched well in his second year with the A’s, posting an ERA and WHIP of 2.79 and 1.282 over his 11 starts with 6.0 SO/9 and 2.3 BB/9.
Lee reports the Athletics will push up Tommy Milone and Jarrod Parker in their rotation to cover for McCarthy this week. Lee expects one of Graham Godfrey, Tyson Ross or Brad Peacock to eventually take over McCarthy’s spot in Oakland’s rotation if he winds up back on the DL.