With Texas three weeks away from the regular season, several local reports today indicated that Brandon McCarthy will be sidelined for a minimum of four to six weeks, due to inflammation in his right elbow and forearm area.

McCarthy will begin the season on the disabled list but won’t need surgery. Team physician Dr. Keith Meister concluded that McCarthy’s ulnar collateral ligament is “clean,” with no signs of the type of damage that would indicate Tommy John surgery.

McCarthy returns to Dallas tomorrow and will receive an injection to enhance blood flow in the elbow and speed up the healing process. Otherwise, the prescription is rest until his arm is pain-free.

More in the next Newberg Report.

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