Cactus League Barbs: Brandon McCarthy
I’m in Phoenix for spring training again this year…. maybe I’ll actually write a few posts…. starting today….
I’m declaring Brandon McCarthy ready for the season. I’ve seen both of the Arizona Diamonbacks right-hander’s outings, and both were excellent. Coming back from a fractured skull suffered last summer, McCarthy has shown no ill effects, physically or mentally. He is way ahead of the hitters he has faced, pitching a total of five innings and racking up nine strikeouts and no walks. He allowed a long home run yesterday, but threw just 35 pitches in three innings of work. I am unconcerned with McCarthy’s injury status for 2013, and consider him the #1 on the DBacks.