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McCarthy tentative for next start due to blister

Maeda would be available Tuesday, if necessary
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LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy will test his blistered right index finger with a Sunday bullpen session to determine if he can make his tentatively scheduled Tuesday night start against Minnesota.

McCarthy, roughed up for six runs on nine hits in four innings Thursday night, was to play catch Saturday. If McCarthy cannot start, manager Dave Roberts said Kenta Maeda would make the Tuesday night start.

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LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy will test his blistered right index finger with a Sunday bullpen session to determine if he can make his tentatively scheduled Tuesday night start against Minnesota.

McCarthy, roughed up for six runs on nine hits in four innings Thursday night, was to play catch Saturday. If McCarthy cannot start, manager Dave Roberts said Kenta Maeda would make the Tuesday night start.

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"We're going to keep our eye on McCarthy, and Kenta is also in the mix for Tuesday, depending on Mac's blister," Roberts said.

McCarthy could go on the disabled list to make room for Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is expected to come off the disabled list and start Monday night. Alex Wood, who suffered his first loss of the season Friday night, will start Wednesday night.

McCarthy has been unable to complete five innings in three of his last four starts. He downplayed the blister's impact in the most recent start, saying he's been dealing with it since Spring Training. McCarthy left a June 1 start after four innings because of the blister.

Roberts also said that third baseman Justin Turner, who leads the Majors with a .371 batting average, was out of Saturday night's lineup because of an upper respiratory condition, but is expected back in the lineup Sunday. Logan Forsythe started at third base with Chase Utley at second base.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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