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Rangers' McCarthy Likely To Begin Season On DL

Reported By Stephen Rhodes

Instead of starting the regular season in the Texas Rangers' starting pitching rotation, pitcher Brandon McCarthy will more than likely start the season on the disabled list because of inflammation to his forearm, according to the Associated Press. Even though the initial MRI indicated no ligament damage, McCarthy is expected to miss between 4 to 6 weeks due to a problem that has bothered him and limited him thus far to only one appearance; fortunately, he will not require surgery.

It is possible that rookie right-hander Luis Mendoza could take McCarthy's place in the rotation; another option is Sidney Ponson, who recently agreed to a minor-league contract on Sunday. Ponson last pitched on May 12, 2007 as a member of the Minnesota Twins before being released; since winning 17 games as a member of the Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants, he is 24-36 with a 5.86 ERA. McCarthy had 2 visits to the disabled list last season in his first season with the Rangers; he was 5-10 with a 4.87 ERA in 23 games and came to the team in a trade with the Chicago White Sox, that sent SP John Danks to the White Sox

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