McCarthy off DL to take on Red Sox

McCarthy off DL to take on Red Sox

Texas wraps up its eight-game road trip against Boston at Fenway Park. The Rangers will bring right-hander Brandon McCarthy off the disabled list for the start.

McCarthy, who was on the DL with a blister on his right middle finger, rejoined the team Friday in Boston, after making a rehab start in Triple-A Oklahoma allowing three hits, no runs with six strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. McCarthy was scheduled to make one more rehab start at Double-A Frisco, but with Vicente Padilla going on the DL recently, the Rangers' options were limited. They used reliever Willie Eyre for a spot-start against Detroit earlier in the week, and considered starting him again.

However, McCarthy had no problems in Oklahoma and he threw a light bullpen session on Saturday. He will be on a 90-95 pitch count Monday.

"My finger feels fine, I'm ready to go," he said. "I'm looking forward to getting back. I got new skin and my finger is ready to go."

This season against the American League East, McCarthy is 3-1 with a 5.08 ERA. He is 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA in five games (two starts) lifetime against the Red Sox.

Pitching matchup
TEX: RHP Brandon McCarthy (4-4, 5.90 ERA)
McCarthy is 3-0 with a 3.26 ERA since the beginning of May, but has made just one start in the past month. He held the Brewers to one run over five innings in the Rangers' 4-3 victory on June 9. The blister problem came up in a May 25 outing against the Red Sox in which he allowed four runs in two innings. It's been a recurring problem since then, but the Rangers are hoping that it's healed properly.

BOS: LHP Kason Gabbard (1-0, 6.48 ERA)
Gabbard makes his second start since replacing the ailing Curt Schilling in the rotation. The first one was not very good, as the lefty had a control meltdown, walking six and hitting a batter. Gabbard lasted just 3 1/3 innings in that start against the Mariners, getting touched up for six hits and four runs. This is his first career start against the Rangers. Gabbard won his only start at Fenway this season, holding the Braves to two hits over five innings in May 20.

Player to watch
Outfielder Kenny Lofton will try to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Lofton had an impressive June, hitting .388 with 20 runs scored, boosting his season average to more than .300.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
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Up next
• Tuesday: Rangers (Kevin Millwood, 4-7, 7.06) vs. Angels (Ervin Santana, 5-8, 5.27), 7:35 p.m. CT
• Wednesday: Rangers (Jamey Wright, 1-2, 6.38) vs. Angels (Jered Weaver, 6-4, 3.55), 7:35 p.m. CT
• Thursday: Rangers (Robinson Tejeda, 5-7, 6.69) vs. Angels (Kelvim Escobar, 9-3, 3.32), 7:35 p.m. CT

Drew Davison is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.