Oakland's McCarthy progressing after surgery

5:26 PM, Sep 6, 2012   |    comments
Brandon McCarthy, US Presswire
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Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy underwent surgery Wednesday night at a Bay Area hospital after being hit in the head by a line drive.

The incident occurred in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. McCarthy took a line drive to the head off the bat of Erick Aybar.

Following the injury, McCarthy was taken to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, where a CT Scan revealed an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. Later in the evening, he was transferred to a nearby hospital, where a neurosurgeon performed a second CT scan and clinical examination, and surgery was recommended to relieve pressure from McCarthy's head.

A CT Scan taken Thursday afternoon demonstrated improvement from his previous scan, and the epidural hemorrhage had subsided. McCarthy is currently resting in the critical care unit of the hospital.

"Our first concern is Brandon's health, and we are heartened to learn he has shown progress in his recovery after surgery," said Billy Beane, the A's vice president and general manager. "We are glad to report he is stable, awake and alert. The team will provide further updates as they become available in the coming days. We would ask members of the media to respect the privacy of Brandon and his family during this time. As we travel to Seattle today, Brandon remains in everyone's thoughts as we wish him a speedy recovery."

McCarthy is 8-6 with a 3.24 ERA in 18 games this season.


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