LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers placed right-hander Brandon McCarthy on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a recurring issue in his right knee. They can only hope McCarthy’s other issues disappear in that time as well.
The 33-year-old right-hander was pulled after only three innings Sunday during which he walked two and threw three wild pitches. It was painfully reminiscent of McCarthy’s struggles with erratic command last season after he returned from Tommy John surgery. McCarthy later referred to suffering from the “yips.”
After Sunday’s game, McCarthy characterized his problems against the Colorado Rockies as “a very hard-to-describe feeling.”
“The thing is with Brandon – he talks about it and he’s not afraid to face certain things head on. And that’s to his credit,” Manager Dave Roberts said Monday. “He said last year there were some mental things that he couldn’t repeat (his delivery). Whether he calls it the yips or whatever – he talks about it, worked hard to overcome it and has been an elite starter for us this year. Different guys handle it differently. Him specifically, he doesn’t run away from it.”
McCarthy has been dealing with discomfort in his right knee all season, Roberts said, and he was officially put on the DL with tendinitis in the knee. But Roberts said he didn’t think that was the issue during Sunday’s start.
“Possibly. But he’s dealt with it all year. So probably not,” Roberts said.
“Brandon has been very good for us this year. I don’t think it’s anywhere near where we were last year. …He’s worked as much as anyone if not harder than anyone because of not only the physical – what he had to go through and recover from – but the mental. This is last year to now. To have some of that going on in the second inning, yeah, I felt for him. For me, the message is – let’s not overthink things. There were still a lot of good pitches in there.”
Roberts said he expects McCarthy to come off…