OAKLAND -- A's manager Bob Melvin had said in recent days that he expected injured starter Brandon McCarthy to avoid a return trip to the disabled list. Melvin reported on Saturday that everything has gone well with McCarthy's treatment, and the right-hander is now slated to pitch in Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers.
McCarthy has dealt with shoulder soreness three separate times this season. He was on the DL from May 18 to June 2 with a strained right shoulder, and though he reported no problems in his initial two starts after being reinstated, the injury flared up again after that second outing. McCarthy has missed his last two starts but should return Tuesday barring any setbacks.
"That is the plan," Melvin said Saturday. "He'll throw a bullpen tomorrow, he threw a light one yesterday. This really does get him in his routine to lead up to Tuesday. Hopefully all goes well leading into that game, but that's what we have planned."
McCarthy's right shoulder has troubled him for several years. The 28-year-old has missed time on five occasions in the past five years and was out for six weeks last season with the same issue. Right-hander Tyson Ross was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to take his place on Saturday.