Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was released from a Bay Area hospital Tuesday, less than a week after getting hit in the head by a line drive and undergoing surgery.
And he said he plans to return to baseball once he regains full strength in the coming months.
The Athletics say Dr. Peter Weber, the neurologist who performed the surgery at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and team physician Dr. Allan Pont agreed “McCarthy had made an excellent recovery and could be safely released from the hospital.”
The 29-year-old McCarthy underwent two hours of surgery last Wednesday after a ball hit by the Angels’ Erick Aybar struck the right side of his head. He had an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture on the play.
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McCarthy expressed deep appreciation to everyone involved in his care, from the moment of the accident to the ambulance ride and doctors and nurses who checked on him around the clock at the hospital.
“From the bottom of our hearts, (wife) Amanda and I want to thank everyone who was involved in responding to and treating my injury,” McCarthy said in a statement released by the Athletics. “We could not have been in better hands.”
Oakland said that McCarthy will remain in the Bay Area for the next three weeks.
McCarthy, the Athletics’ opening day starter, is 8-6 with a 3.24 ERA this year in his sixth big league season and second with the A’s. He went 9-9 with a 3.32 ERA last season.
WHAT DID YOU SAY?
Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips says he’s happy and ready to move on after talking to Pirates reliever Jared Hughes about a comment he thought he overheard.
Hughes hit Phillips in the leg during Cincinnati’s 4-3 win in 14 innings on Monday. After Phillips picked up the ball and tossed it toward the mound, he thought he heard Hughes make a derogatory comment about him at that point.
Phillips tweeted after the game that he was upset. He and Hughes talked Tuesday and cleared up the matter.
Catcher Joe Mauer was scratched from the Twins’ lineup in a game Tuesday against the Royals with back spasms. … The Reds are giving closer Aroldis Chapman a few days off to rest his tired pitching shoulder. … The Orioles purchased the contracts of outfielders Endy Chavez and L.J. Hoes from Triple-A Norfolk and designated reliever Kevin Gregg and infielder Ryan Adams for assignment. Also, Baltimore right-hander Jason Hammel left Tuesday’s night game against Tampa Bay with an injury to his surgically repaired right knee. … Chicago White Sox home run leader Adam Dunn was out of the lineup for a fifth consecutive game because of a strained right oblique. Also, the White Sox switched the time of their 5:10 p.m. (PDT) game on Sept. 25 against the Indians to 11:10 a.m. to avoid a conflict with Yom Kippur. … Rangers right-hander Roy Oswalt was diagnosed with a right forearm strain and won’t throw for several days. Also, Texas will not renew the contracts of hitting coach Brant Brown and pitching coach Terry Clark from Triple-A Round Rock nor hitting coach Julio Garcia from High-A Myrtle Beach.