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Brandon McCarthy leaves early with right elbow tightness

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Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy left Saturday night's game against the Padres in the sixth inning, after calling for team trainers to come out from the dugout.

The Dodgers announced during the game that McCarthy left with right elbow tightness. He will undergo an MRI exam on Monday.

McCarthy entered the sixth inning with a 10-3 lead, but after allowing singles to Yangervis Solarte and Matt Kemp he served up a three-run home run to Justin Upton, cutting the lead to 10-6. It was the second home run of the game for Upton, and the third of the game allowed by McCarthy.

Immediately after the home run, McCarthy motioned toward the Dodgers third base dugout, asking for trainers to come out to the mound. After a few minutes, McCarthy was removed in favor of relief pitcher Sergio Santos.

McCarthy pitched a career-high 200 innings in 2014, after a series of injury-plagued seasons. He was on disabled list 11 times in seven years (2007-2013), including eight times for his right shoulder, pitching just 637⅔ innings in those seven years.