Oakland's McCarthy alert after surgery for skull fracture
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.