McCarthy set to face Royals on Saturday

McCarthy set to face Royals on Saturday

KANSAS CITY -- Entering Friday's action in Kansas City, the Oakland probable pitchers list was full of question marks. Before the game, though, manager Bob Melvin filled in the blanks in his rotation.

According to Melvin, Brandon McCarthy will come off the disabled list and start Saturday's game against the Royals. McCarthy has been on the 15-day DL with a strained right shoulder and hasn't made a start since May 17.

"We're planning on that," Melvin said. "He threw his bullpen [session], felt great. I don't think he's going to do anything taxing [Friday] that would jeopardize that. ... He's scheduled to start [Saturday]."

Lefty Tommy Milone is scheduled to finish up the series with the Royals on Sunday. Then the A's head home, where Jarrod Parker and Travis Blackley will start the first two games of a series with the Rangers.

Blackley will make his second straight start after moving to the rotation. He's appeared in four games for the A's so far this season after coming over from the Giants. He's allowed just one earned run in 11 innings with Oakland.