Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy left Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres with tightness in his right elbow. The severity of the injury is still unknown. The Dodgers lead the game 11-7 in the eighth inning.
McCarthy has never been placed on the disabled list for an elbow injury in a major league career that began in 2005. He missed the entire 2010 season while recovering from a stress fracture in his right shoulder. The shoulder also sent him to the disabled list in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
In his fourth start of the season McCarthy allowed six runs in five innings, including three home runs, but left in line for the victory. He called for a trainer after Justin Upton hit his final pitch for a home run in the sixth inning.
Update (10:00 p.m.): Here’s what McCarthy said after the game:
SAN DIEGO — Scott Baker will make his Dodgers debut Sunday against the Padres at Petco Park.
Baker comes to the team from Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he was 1-1 with a 1.06 earned-run average in three starts. He arrived on the field during batting practice.
“He’s been throwing the ball well,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We’ve used a number of guys (to fill the fifth starter’s role with Hyun-Jin Ryu on the disabled list). All the guys we’ve used have been in the big leagues. They’ve got experience. Felt like they would give you a quality outing and weren’t going to be overwhelmed by that start.”
Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers’ lineup one day after re-aggravating his left hamstring strain against the San Diego Padres. Andre Ethier is batting second and playing right field instead.
Update (4:55 p.m.): Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Puig is receiving treatment and his hamstring “didn’t seem that bad.” He would not rule out Puig from playing today, nor would he rule out Puig from going on the disabled list. That’s not especially helpful, but it’s more helpful than Puig — who did not speak to reporters after Friday’s game or before today’s.