Brendan McCarthy showed very few signs of nerves in his major league debut.
McCarthy made his debut on Sunday in the White Sox’s 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The 6-foot-7 right-hander, who was called up from Triple-A Charlotte to replace injured righty Orlando Hernandez, allowed two runs and four hits over 5 1-3 innings.
“I always hoped to get called up. I didn’t care against who,” McCarthy said. “I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I’d be.”
The White Sox were impressed with the poise of the 21-year-old right-hander, who struck out six and walked one.
“He’s got a purpose out there and you can see it when he doesn’t put the ball where he wants it,” White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said of McCarthy, who was drafted in the 17th round in 2002. “To have the stuff he has with the command already is pretty good.”
McCarthy may need a big effort on Friday if he is to stay with the White Sox. Manager Ozzie Guillen has said McCarthy will be sent back to Charlotte if they need a roster spot.
“This kid should be throwing every five days, so he’s got to go back to the minor leagues and keep throwing,” Guillen said. “I don’t want to put this kid in the rotation yet, and I’ve got people in the bullpen who need a couple of innings. So I don’t think I can find anything for him unless something happens.”
McCarthy will be given the task of slowing down the Rangers, who are batting .312 (62-for-199) during their season-high six-game winning streak.
Kenny Rogers pitched seven sharp innings for his sixth straight win, lowering his ERA to 1.69. Texas starters are 6-0 with a 2.20 ERA during the winning streak.
“They’ve gone a little bit beyond giving us a chance to win,” manager Buck Showalter said of his starters. “They create some good situations for our bullpen to come into. They’ve just been solid.”
Chicago is 4-3 as it enters the final stop on its 10-game road trip. The White Sox batted .178 and scored eight runs in splitting a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels that concluded with a 3-2 loss on Thursday.