Brandon McCarthy expects to be able to pitch when baseball starts. He will do so with a new team. The 29-year-old McCarthy has signed a two year deal worth $15.5 million to play for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
McCarthy was hit in the right side of the head by a line drive off the bat of the Los Angeles Angels’ Erick Aybar on Sept. 5. He finished the 2012 season 8-6 with a 3.24 ERA in 18 starts. He was 9-9 with a 3.32 ERA in 2011.
Injuries have always been a concern with McCarthy but last seasons injury was more of a freak accident then an injury to his arm would have been.
There were a handful of teams interested in McCarthy including one of his former employers, the Texas Rangers. Though the Rangers may have been hoping to use McCarthy as a fall back if they failed to sign Zack Greinke. The team has lost that option now.
With the signing the Diamondbacks remain a contender in the fluid NL West.