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Brandon McCarthy to start Sunday for Dodgers

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

A little more than 14 months after last appearing in a major league game, pitcher Brandon McCarthy will start for the Dodgers on Sunday against the Rockies, completing his return from Tommy John surgery, manager Dave Roberts told reporters on Friday.

McCarthy threw 72 pitches in five innings on Monday night for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, his fourth minor league rehab start. His last major league game was April 25, 2015.

Slotting in McCarthy on Sunday works in two ways. For one, he is on five days rest after his Monday start. But it also gives Julio Urias an extra day of rest after throwing 100 pitches for the first time in his professional career in his six-inning win on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

The Dodgers will need to make a corresponding move to add McCarthy back to the 40-man roster since he is currently on the 60-day disabled list.

Hyun-jin Ryu could soon follow McCarthy on the comeback trail. Ryu will make one more rehab start on Friday night for Rancho Cucamonga, expected to pitch five or six innings tonight after seeing his Tuesday rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City cut short by rain.