After a solid 2011 campaign, Brandon McCarthy came into the 2012 season as the A's ace.
He was their guy, the pitcher who would constantly go deep into ballgames while at the same time acting as an role model the younger pitchers could learn from.
So far, so good. McCarthy has followed up his career year with pretty good numbers thus far.
Possessing an ERA under 3.00 and a couple of wins, McCarthy appears as though he's headed towards another great season as a member of the A's.
There are several concerns, however, that might make one wonder just how successful McCarthy can ultimately be this year. Some of these concerns aren't even in McCarthy's control as he continues to establish himself as one of the American League's top pitchers.
Here are five reasons why Brandon McCarthy won't be representing the A's at the 2012 All-Star Game.