Dodgers' McCarthy to make first 2016 start Sunday vs Rockies

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy is schedule to make his season debut Sunday when he starts against the Colorado Rockies, helping out a Los Angeles pitching staff riddled by injuries.

McCarthy last pitched in a major league game on April 25, 2015 - his fourth start with the Dodgers - before having surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow five days later.

His recovery from Tommy John surgery culminated with four minor league rehab starts. On Monday night, he threw five innings for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, allowing four runs on seven hits.

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He says he's ''gotten to a place with my stuff feeling-wise that I felt confident about being here.''

McCarthy signed a $48 million, four-year free agent deal with Los Angeles prior to the 2015 season.

The Dodgers have had 19 players, including six starting pitchers, on the disabled list, the most of any team in the majors, according to STATS LLC.