08/07/08 7:55 PM ET
McCarthy trying to return -- and soon
Righty receives some pointers a day after missing his start
By Shawn Shroyer / MLB.com
But he thinks he might have solved his pitching issues thanks to some brainstorming between himself, Ryan, Hawkins and Colborn.The two main adjustments McCarthy made were bringing his hands over his head at the beginning of his windup to help keep him balanced while throwing more with his lower body -- two things Ryan knows plenty about. McCarthy threw more than 40 pitches during the bullpen session, and he was noticeably excited with the results afterward. The righty had no explanation for why it took two years to make these necessary adjustments to his mechanics, but he's hoping the issues are behind him now. "I have no idea," McCarthy said. "Maybe my mechanics weren't right, and they just kept slipping and led to a downward spiral. But at least now I'm on the way back up instead of holding steady where I was." McCarthy's stay in Arlington will be brief, though, as he will rejoin Oklahoma in Albuquerque, N.M., and make his next start sometime in the next five days -- Monday would put him back on his previous schedule. However, McCarthy is hoping his visit on Thursday will get him on the fast track back to Arlington. He said his goal is to be pitching for the Rangers by Sept. 1. Manager Ron Washington had no timetable for McCarthy's return to the Major Leagues, but he simply said the team can't use him until it's confident that he won't break down. After seeing McCarthy in person, Ryan isn't willing to rule out the possibility of joining the Rangers at some point down the stretch. "Oftentimes, it's just a minor adjustment you point out that fixes it; now he needs to go back to Oklahoma and maintain those mechanics," Ryan said. "I'm not saying he couldn't because we've got two months left. With the stuff I saw today, I think he could."
Shawn Shroyer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.