Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy (32) is tended to by a trainer after being struck in the head by a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Erick Aybar in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Oakland, Calif. McCarthy was sent to the hospital, and according to the team he never lost consciousness. The Angels won 7-1.
The Contra Costa Times, Doug Duran, Associated Press
FILE - This 2012 file photo shows Brandon McCarthy of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was in stable condition in the critical care unit of a Bay Area hospital on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, 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.
Darron Cummings, Associated Press
In this photo from Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy (32) places his hand to his head as he leaves the baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Oakland, Calif. McCarthy remains in a ''life-threatening'' situation in a Bay Area hospital two days after being hit in the head by a line drive. Struck on the right side of his head by a hard shot from the Angels' Erick Aybar, McCarthy suffered an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. He had two hours of surgery to relieve pressure on his brain late Wednesday night. A's athletic trainer Nick Paparesta was asked Friday if McCarthy was still in a life-threatening situation. "Absolutely he is. It's brain surgery,'' Paparesta said. ''It's life-threatening. At any possible moment something could go wrong, he could have a complication. Absolutely.''
Ben Margot, Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. — Brandon McCarthy is back to his Twitter-happy self, a positive sign for the Oakland Athletics' pitcher struck in the head by a line drive this week.
The 29-year-old McCarthy underwent two hours of surgery late Wednesday to relieve pressure on the brain after the ball hit the right side of his head. He experienced an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture on the play off the bat of the Angels' Erick Aybar.
McCarthy joked Saturday: "The good news in all of this, is that I set up my fantasy lineups beforehand. So there shall be no excuses at this point." His lighthearted posts came a day after trainer Nick Paparesta said in Seattle that McCarthy was still in a "life-threatening" situation.