D-Backs Starter McCarthy To Join Rotation In Boston

By Matthew Hochberg

Brandon McCarthy made his last start on May 30th. He is expected to be back with the D-Backs this weekend. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

After being placed on the 15-day disabled list almost two months ago with right shoulder inflammation, Arizona Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy is scheduled to rejoin the rotation in Boston this weekend.

Last Friday night, McCarthy made his second rehab start, pitching for Triple-A Reno against the Tacoma Rainiers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. He surrendered three runs (two earned) and six hits through six innings of work, throwing 85 pitches.

"“Everything was kind of there,” McCarthy said of his last rehab start. “I felt comfortable. I was able to get back into mental game shape where you’re kind of going after it and you’re pushing through where you’ve been before. So that was all positive.”"

In his first rehab start on July 21, the right-hander struggled, allowing six runs on nine hits, with two walks and one strikeout through 4.1 innings of work.

The 30-year-old has a 2-4 record this year with a 5.00 ERA in 66.2 innings pitched, striking out 39 and walking 10. While he will certainly not be the savior of the D-Backs, he can certainly provide a boost in the rotation.