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Oakland Athletics ace, Glendale native Brandon McCarthy on short leash

Despite pitching his best ball of the season, McCarthy being used sparingly.

June 21, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com
(Courtesy of Michael…)

The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

Brandon McCarthy (Glendale native) starting pitcher, Oakland Athletics: Even though McCarthy's had his best stuff working as of late, the A's have been reluctant to push the big right-hander .

After receiving 11 days' rest following his seven-inning win over the Texas Rangers on June 7, McCarthy threw just 81 pitches against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, even though he had cruised through seven scoreless innings while allowing just two hits. Oakland's bullpen would complete the 3-0 shutout.

According to mlb.com, McCarthy was to be held to a pitch count of 85 for Tuesday's game by Manager Bob Melvin in an effort to avoid a flare up of the shoulder soreness McCarthy has dealt with this season. He was forced to go on the disabled list for two weeks in May because of it and McCarthy and the A's are erring on the side of caution this time.

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"I'm always kind of worried about that," McCarthy told mlb.com of another potential bout of soreness. "Especially now, without this kind of extended rest, it's a fight to get through it, and we're doing everything we can. I'm confident that [Wednesday] it should be fine, I should be able to go get back on a normal routine, but I've been proven wrong a bunch of times before with it."

McCarthy struck out five and walked one on Tuesday and only allowed one runner past first base while improving to 6-3 and lowering his earned-run average to 2.54.

He picked up his sixth straight win and has a 1.96 ERA over his last seven starts.

Oakland is 34-36 for third place in the American League West Division.

Doug Slaten (Glendale Community College, 1999) relief pitcher, Pittsburgh Pirates: After tossing eight scoreless innings over his six appearances since being called up by the Pirates on May 29, Slaten was finally touched up on June 14 by the Baltimore Orioles.

In 2/3 of an inning upon relieving starter Erik Bedard with one out and runners at the corners in the fourth, Slaten gave up three earned runs on three hits, including a three-run home run by Steve Pearce that put the Pirates in a 10-0 hole en route to losing the game, 12-6.

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