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Oakland's McCarthy alert after surgery for skull fracture

| Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, 9:02 p.m.
Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris, left, comes to the aid of pitcher Brandon McCarthy (32) who was hit in the head by a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Erick Aybar in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Oakland, Calif. (AP)
Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris, left, comes to the aid of pitcher Brandon McCarthy (32) who was hit in the head by a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Erick Aybar in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Oakland, Calif. (AP)

OAKLAND, Calif. — Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was in stable condition in the critical care unit of a Bay Area hospital on Thursday, a day after having surgery for a skull fracture and brain contusion caused by a line drive.

McCarthy was hit in the right side of the head Wednesday by a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels. He was knocked down by the shot and hit his head on the ground. The 29-year-old eventually walked off the field under his own power and was taken to the hospital for further tests and observation.

A CT scan after the accident showed McCarthy had an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. McCarthy was transferred to another hospital and had a second CT scan. He then underwent two hours of surgery Wednesday night to relieve pressure in his head.

A CT scan taken Thursday showed improvement from the previous scans. The A's did not give a timetable for how long McCarthy will be out. He is 8-6 with a 3.24 ERA in 18 starts.

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