Great news today as Brandon McCarthy has been cleared to resume baseball activities. I am not entirely sure what that means, but I assume it means he is safe to go out on the field which is fantastic news. The free-agent pitcher of course was struck in the head off an Erick Aybar line drive way back on September 5th ending a 2012 campaign where he was besieged by injuries.
McCarthy, probably my favorite Athletic, pitched 111 innings across 18 starts sporting a 3.24 ERA and 3.76 FIP backed by 5.9 K/9, 2.0 BB/9 and 0.8 HR/9. He became a free-agent as 2012 was his final year of arbitration eligibility. McCarthy got $4.275M in 2012 and figured to earn himself a big payday come free-agency but this injury does mean things might be a bit different than usual in how the market views him. I think if all the medicals clear, Oakland has to sign him to a deal. The bigger concern to me is how his arm holds up, but he seems to have proven adept at figuring out when his arm is acting up and shutting it down accordingly keeping him on the shelf for less time than he may have otherwise been. McCarthy’s approach to the game also I think is a good influence on the many young pitchers Oakland has and is invaluable.
First things first, the news is great as McCarthy seems like a good guy and we wish him the best and all seems well, but now is the time to get him re-signed.