McCarthy moves forward; Braden suffers setback

McCarthy moves forward; Braden suffers setback

BALTIMORE -- While Brandon McCarthy will be taking a step forward with his rehab on Monday, Dallas Braden is dealing with a minor setback, A's trainer Nick Paparesta said on Saturday.

After throwing a bullpen without issue on Saturday, McCarthy boarded a flight to Reno, where he will make a rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento on Monday.

McCarthy, who has been on the disabled list since June 20 with recurring right shoulder soreness, is expected to throw about 65 pitches.

Braden, scheduled to face live hitters on Friday during a live batting practice in Arizona for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery last May, only got four or five pitches into his warmup routine before straining his left groin muscle.

Paparesta said Braden's shoulder felt "great," but the team opted to "completely shut him down" until the groin irritation subsides.

Braden received treatment and therapy on Saturday and will be reevaluated on Monday, when the A's return to Oakland.

"Obviously, Dallas is kind of down in the dumps about it, because he was getting close and going to see some hitters," Paparesta said. "[He] feels like he's got the injury bug a little bit right now, but we'll get him back out there as soon as he's ready to get going. Keep the shoulder strong."