McCarthy, who missed 11 games with tendinitis in his right knee, last pitched on June 25 against Colorado allowing five runs on four hits in an even three innings with two strikeouts, as he did not factor in the decision in the Dodgers’ 12-6 victory. In 13 starts this season, he has posted a 6-3 record with a 3.25 ERA over 72 innings and has struck out 57 batters against 20 walks, while holding batters to a .229 average.
Some close to the club believe that severe control issues were the main reasons why the 33-year-old righty was initially placed on the shelf, however, the righty threw a sim game on Monday afternoon at Rancho Cucamonga and had no issues, which eventually cleared the way for him slotting into the rotation on Saturday.
Van Slyke, who was recalled on Thursday from Oklahoma City, has gone 5-for-41 with six runs, one double, two home runs and three RBI in 29 games with Los Angeles this season.
With the move, the Dodgers’ rotation is back to full strength with five regular starters.
McCarthy’s reinstatement now reduces the Los Angeles disabled list count to 11 injured players.
(Lauren Douglas provided the majority of information in this report)