Friday, November 5, 2010
Brandon McCarthy, two others outrighted
By Richard Durrett
The Rangers have outrighted RHP Brandon McCarthy, RHP Doug Mathis and INF Esteban German. That means all three are off the 40-man roster and are free agents.
The move likely brings an end to the Rangers career of Brandon McCarthy. The 26-year-old just couldn't stay healthy enough in his career with Texas. He had five disabled list stints before 2010 and was back on the DL again with right shoulder inflammation and never did get back to the big leagues this past season.
McCarthy was traded from the White Sox to Texas along with outfielder David Paisano for LHP John Danks and RHPs Nick Masset and Jacob Rasner on Dec. 23, 2006. He had pitched well in 2005 for the White Sox and the Rangers felt he was a fast-forwarded version of Danks. But McCarthy just couldn't stay healthy and never did find consistent command in the majors.
He was 5-10 with a 4.87 ERA in 2007 and then pitched just 22 innings with the Rangers in 2008, going 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA and was 7-4 with a 4.62 ERA in 2009 in 97 1/3 innings pitched. He was on the DL with various issues, including a stress fracture in his right shoulder blade (that happened twice), a right middle finger blister and inflammation in the right forearm.
Mathis was on the club's Opening Day roster but pitched in just 13 relief appearances (22 1/3 innings), posting a 1-1 mark and a 6.04 ERA. He had a 5.66 ERA in 18 games (15 starts) for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
German's contract was purchased on Sept. 6 and he was added to the postseason roster for the ALDS. But he played in 13 games for the Rangers in 2010 and made just 13 at-bats. He did not get to hit in the postseason.