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Trainer: A's McCarthy walks, could head home soon

8:50 PM, Sep 10, 2012   |    comments
Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy, photo courtesy US Presswire
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy has walked a few steps and is making encouraging progress in his recovery from surgery after getting hit in the head by a line drive last week. 

A's trainer Nick Paparesta said Monday that McCarthy seems likely to leave the hospital soon. 

McCarthy took a few steps with the aid of a handrail Monday, just five days after undergoing two hours of surgery. He has been moved to a transitional care unit in his Bay Area hospital, and Paparesta thinks he might be headed home soon. 

Paparesta hasn't visited McCarthy yet, but says others believe the wisecracking, Twitter-happy pitcher is getting back to his old self. 

Angels shortstop Erick Aybar's line drive hit McCarthy. Aybar says he's grateful to hear McCarthy is making steady progress.

The Associated Press

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