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 SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -Texas Rangers pitcher Brandon McCarthy likely will start the season on the disabled list because of inflammation in his forearm.
While an initial MRI showed no ligament damage, McCarthy is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks because of a problem that has bothered him throughout spring training and cut short his only appearance. The 6-foot-7 right-hander apparently won't need surgery.
Rookie right-hander Luis Mendoza could replace McCarthy in the rotation. Mendoza, who was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three September starts and three relief appearances for the Rangers, was to start Thursday's spring training game against Colorado.
nson is 24-36 with a 5.86 ERA.
McCarthy threw only one inning after Jason Jennings in Friday's game against Milwaukee. McCarthy finished his inning, though he felt more pain in the muscle near his elbow after throwing a curveball.
``We thought he was healthy and all of a sudden, he felt it again,'' manager Ron Washington said.
Texas had already scratched McCarthy from two spring training starts.
``This is definitely something that is kind of depressing,'' McCarthy said. ``I felt like I put in the work to come in healthy and only have to worry about pitching, and not have to worry about how everything felt. To be going through this again is definitely tough.''
McCarthy had two stints on the disabled list in his first season with Texas last year. He was on the DL for three weeks in June because of a blister on his finger, and nearly a month later because of a stress fracture in his shoulder blade.
McCarthy was 5-10 with a 4.87 ERA in 23 games last season. He came to the Rangers in the December 2006 trade that sent first-round draft pick John Danks to the Chicago White Sox.
Notes: RHP Kevin Millwood (strained right hamstring) threw more than 50 pitches in a simulated game. Millwood, expected to start on opening day for Texas, felt fine and could pitch in his first spring training game this weekend. ... Relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit, trying to build up arm strength after not playing winter ball for the first time, threw 16 pitches.

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