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Thursday, September 06, 2012

A’s Press Release: Brandon McCarthy progressing following surgery last night

OAKLAND, Calif. – Brandon McCarthy, the A’s pitcher who was struck on the right side of his head with a batted ball during yesterday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, underwent surgery last night at a Bay Area hospital.  McCarthy, 29, is alert, awake and resting comfortably, and has shown signs of improvement today.

After the incident occurred in the fourth inning yesterday, the A’s pitcher 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.

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   1. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: September 07, 2012 at 06:40 AM (#4229025)
(prays)
   2. Belfry Bob Posted: September 07, 2012 at 07:14 AM (#4229034)
Wow. Prayers for quick and total recovery.
   3. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: September 07, 2012 at 07:18 AM (#4229035)
When I saw the highlight (is that the proper word?) it never dawned on me that this would wind up so serious. Hope he's OK.
   4. depletion Posted: September 07, 2012 at 07:52 AM (#4229042)
Hang in there Brian. We're with you.
   5. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: September 07, 2012 at 08:56 AM (#4229071)
The most dangerous part is over, that being the bleed. Hopefully he will make a full recovery. Just take it easy for now, Brandon. All of baseball fandom is rooting for you.
   6. Comic Strip Person Posted: September 07, 2012 at 09:12 AM (#4229082)
Hang in there Brian. We're with you.


Um, Brandon. I'm sensitive to this because my name is Brandon, and I've always had some people who mistakenly call me Brian.

So hang in there, Brandon.
   7. GEB4000 Posted: September 07, 2012 at 09:34 AM (#4229107)
Is he going to wear a helmet when he starts pitching again?
   8. depletion Posted: September 07, 2012 at 09:55 AM (#4229146)
Whoops. Sorry about that, Brandon.
   9. Craig in MN Posted: September 07, 2012 at 11:06 AM (#4229232)
Hang in there, brain.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 07, 2012 at 11:18 AM (#4229245)
Jeez, really hope he recovers.

And I know he has more important worries right now, but he is an impending FA and was probably due to get a pretty good contract this year for the first time in his career. I hope this doesn't jeopardize that.
   11. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: September 07, 2012 at 11:24 AM (#4229262)
From what it sounded like on the radio this morning he is expected to make a full recovery but obviously he will be out the rest of the season.
   12. Traderdave Posted: September 07, 2012 at 12:38 PM (#4229367)
Is he going to wear a helmet when he starts pitching again?


Who wouldn't?
   13. BDC Posted: September 07, 2012 at 12:41 PM (#4229371)
Glad to hear about this good prognosis. All best wishes.
   14. Gamingboy Posted: September 07, 2012 at 01:46 PM (#4229478)
Swift recovery, Brandon. Swift recovery.
   15. A triple short of the cycle Posted: September 07, 2012 at 03:07 PM (#4229586)
He sure took that cracked skull like a trooper didn't he? Dang. And that is some poor luck for a man who has had a hard time staying healthy.
   16. valuearbitrageur Posted: September 07, 2012 at 07:03 PM (#4229780)
But how is his wife doing?

Just kidding, best wishes to Brandon for a full and rapid recovery.
   17. esseff Posted: September 07, 2012 at 09:14 PM (#4229818)
The latest on McCarthy makes clear that this is serious, serious stuff.

You have to wonder if the difference between 1920 and 2012 is the state of modern medicine.
   18. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 07, 2012 at 09:22 PM (#4229823)
and while is not speaking a lot because he is in great pain, Paparesta said, “It is fair to say that he is talking.”


\"#### this hurts. ####. It ####### hurts a lot."

He's been my favourite late-round sleeper pick for the past two years on my fantasy baseball team. I figured this would be the last year I could get him cheap since he's been doing so well (when healthy).

Best of luck to him.
   19. Brian White Posted: September 07, 2012 at 10:02 PM (#4229842)
While scrolling down the page, out of the corner of my eye on the Hot Topics sidebar I caught the three words, "Release Brandon McCarthy". I was like, man, maybe he won't be effective after this, but that Billy Beane sure is a dick.

But seriously, hope he ends up okay.
   20. Bourbon Samurai Posted: September 07, 2012 at 10:36 PM (#4229860)
Is he going to wear a helmet when he starts pitching again?


I don't think its guaranteed he ever pitches again, although I sure hope he does.

It really didn't look as bad as some others I've seen, but obviously this one was real trouble.

I hope everything works out.
   21. Mayor Blomberg Posted: September 07, 2012 at 11:13 PM (#4229890)
No, it's not. Here's the A's trainer this evening:

"The biggest issue we deal with after these type of injuries and this type of procedure, is, from what the physicians explained to us, was that Days 2 and 3 are going to be the hardest days. Obviously, we're coming up on Day 3 tomorrow. So the evening time there is a possibility of having a recurring or the increase of swelling coming back again, and if that were the case, they would need to do some different measures and techniques to try to get that swelling, to keep it down."

As far as what can be expected as McCarthy recovers, Paparesta said it is best to take it in steps.

"First and foremost, we need to look at his life and making sure he stays alive. This is serious stuff and we want him to live," Paparesta said. "I think the next phase that we would look at is him being able to go through and have normal gross motor mechanics and skill set, where he can go through his normal active life and live normally. The third thing would be maybe we put a little bit of time to look into his fine motor skills and see where he is at that point in time."

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