McCarthy, who was placed on the disabled list on May 8 with left shoulder soreness (retroactive to May 5), last pitched on April 29 against the Phillies, allowing four runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings as he did not factor in the decision in the Dodgers’ 6-5 victory. In five starts this season, McCarthy has gone 3-0 with a 3.10 ERA (10 ER/29.0 IP) and has struck out 25 batters against only nine walks in 29 innings. He has held the opposition to a .245 average, including a .186 mark against righties, while posting a 1.21 WHIP.
McCarthy went on the disabled list after straining his non-throwing arm while lifting weights. He had been last slated to start May 7 against the San Diego Padres, however, that game was postponed due to rain. Instead of moving the whole rotation back a day, the Dodgers opted to place McCarthy on the DL to give the arm some more time to rest. McCarthy insisted that he was healthy enough to start, but accepted the decision. He threw a simulated game last Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, going four innings for a total of 60 pitches.
In five games with the Dodgers this season, Eibner has gone 3-for-10 (.300) with one home run and two RBI. His home run at Coors Field had a distance of 465 feet. Presumably, he was optioned instead of Scott Van Skype due him being solely an outfielder and not having the ability to cover first base.
(Dai Sugiura furnished some information provided in this report)