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Brandon McCarthy to begin rehab assignment this week

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Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy will begin a minor league rehab assignment in the next few days, manager Dave Roberts told reporters on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

McCarthy actually revealed the news himself on Sunday, answering a question from a fan on Twitter.

The right-hander has been sidelined for a month with a blister on his right hand, having last pitched on July 20. It’s his third disabled list stint of the season, having also missed time with a dislocated left shoulder and right knee tendonitis in 2017.

Being sidelined is nothing new for Dodgers pitchers this season. All nine pitchers who have started a game this season have spent at least one stint on the disabled list.

McCarthy when on the mound this season has been effective, posting a 3.84 ERA and 3.33 FIP in 16 starts, with 66 strikeouts and 25 walks in 86⅔ innings. He last pitched on July 20.