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Dodgers place Brandon McCarthy on 60-day disabled list

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The move opens up a 40-man roster spot for new free agent signee Louis Coleman.

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GLENDALE -- The Dodgers on Friday made official their signing of Louis Coleman to a one-year, major league contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, the club placed Brandon McCarthy on the 60-day disabled list.

McCarthy is recovering from Tommy John surgery last May, and on Jan. 30 at Dodgers FanFest said he had thrown four or five times per week by then, though with decreased intensity.

Placing him on the 60-day disabled list means the earliest McCarthy could be activated is June 2, but that is well before his recovery timetable. Conservative estimates have the 32-year-old right-hander ready to rejoin the Dodgers by the All-Star break, though McCarthy said he would like to be back even sooner, perhaps by late June.

"My ultimate goal is to make a start or two before the All-Star break. If it doesn't happen, that's fine. I'll be prepared for that," he said at FanFest. "I want to use that as our foundation of where I need to get to."

McCarthy made four starts for the Dodgers in 2015 before tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He had a 5.87 ERA with nine home runs allowed, but also struck out 29 and walked only four in his 23 innings.

He has three years and $31 million remaining on his four-year contract signed with the Dodgers before the 2015 season.