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Sunday, June 09, 2013

Piecoro: Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy recovering from seizure

Right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who needed emergency surgery after being struck on the head by a line drive last season, suffered a seizure last week.

The Diamondbacks pitcher said Saturday he’s fine now and is hopeful it won’t push back his recovery from shoulder inflammation.

McCarthy was at a restaurant in north Phoenix with his wife, Amanda, on Monday night when the incident occurred.After he slumped over in a booth, Amanda climbed across, pushed the table away and called for help.

bobm Posted: June 09, 2013 at 09:31 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: June 10, 2013 at 09:29 AM (#4465599)
After he slumped over in a booth, Amanda climbed across, pushed the table away and called for help.

This just reads so weird to me.
   2. bigglou115 Posted: June 10, 2013 at 09:51 AM (#4465616)
Man, I really wish McCarthey the best, but this just sounds like he may want to evaluate whether or not trying to prolong his career is really a priority.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 10, 2013 at 10:10 AM (#4465636)
Well I really wanted the Royals to pursue McCarthy and Edwin Jackson and neither is looking all that hot right now. But at least we'd still have Wil Myers.
   4. shoewizard Posted: June 10, 2013 at 10:30 AM (#4465654)
Why not keep trying to play. I don't think playing puts him at any more risk of serizure.
   5. Into the Void Posted: June 10, 2013 at 10:36 AM (#4465661)
Why not keep trying to play. I don't think playing puts him at any more risk of serizure.


It puts him at risk of another line drive to the head...sure it's a million to one odds but he very well could be playing with his life.
   6. bigglou115 Posted: June 10, 2013 at 10:43 AM (#4465672)
Why not keep trying to play. I don't think playing puts him at any more risk of serizure.


Well, my understanding is that most seizures can be acerbated by a stressful, tiring lifestyle. I would think that would be a concern for an MLB player. Maybe this isn't a concern if the seizure's a result of trauma? I genuinely don't know.

My larger point was maybe he should be spending more time nailing down exactly what's going on in his head. Were seizures anticipated? Is this random chance and the two aren't related? Seizures are a big deal.
   7. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: June 10, 2013 at 10:56 AM (#4465683)
Well I really wanted the Royals to pursue McCarthy and Edwin Jackson and neither is looking all that hot right now. But at least we'd still have Wil Myers.


YOU SHOULD HAVE SIGNED ANIBAL SANCHEZ, JUST LOOK AT HIM NOW, HE WAS THE ONLY GUY WHO WAS A GUARANTEED 150 ERA+
   8. valuearbitrageur Posted: June 10, 2013 at 11:09 AM (#4465696)
My larger point was maybe he should be spending more time nailing down exactly what's going on in his head


I think he should spend more time nailing Amanda McCarthy.

http://www.dirtyfantasybaseball.com/wife-of-the-day-amanda-mccarthy/

And it doesn't matter what pitcher KC signed, as long as they kept Wil Myers.
   9. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 10, 2013 at 11:22 AM (#4465713)
And it doesn't matter what pitcher KC signed, as long as they kept Wil Myers.

They would have just taught him to bunt and go the other way.
   10. bigglou115 Posted: June 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM (#4465716)
I think he should spend more time nailing Amanda McCarthy.


I think we can all agree that massive head trauma or not, life has been pretty good to Mr. McCarthy.
   11. valuearbitrageur Posted: June 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM (#4465734)
TFA is even more disturbing, I'm not normally a Hitchcockian theorist but it leads me to question her motives.

“I remember someone restraining me and telling me I had a seizure,” McCarthy said. “I don’t really remember much past that until I was at the hospital.
...
He said Amanda “took control of the situation pretty quickly” at the Rock Bottom Brewery at Desert Ridge.

“That’s the story I’ve been told,” he said. “She might have dressed it up a little bit, but I’m pretty sure she was a superhero there. ”


Based on her tweets and this incident I'm beginning to believe she might be drugging him, in order to keep him bed-ridden. Damn woman clearly can't get enough of her Brandon, and might be tiring of sharing him with the team.

I will call this story "The Insatiable Ms.McCarthy".
   12. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 10, 2013 at 01:24 PM (#4465898)
I'm sure it was a very scary situation for his wife. Having had a couple of seizures myself over the last few years, I can confirm that you basically don't remember anything. My experience was very similar to his in that the first thing I remember was being told by EMTs that I'd suffered a seizure. It's a more traumatic experience for those who witness it than it is for you.

Well, my understanding is that most seizures can be acerbated by a stressful, tiring lifestyle.

My seizures were unusual in that they were likely brought about by fatigue/stress, but I was told by doctors that those are very weak causes. (I also think there's a difference between sleep deprivation and the fatigue of physical exercise.) Head trauma is a more common one, although I wasn't aware that they can happen so long after the trauma itself.

Seizures are a big deal.

Depending on the seriousness, seizures themselves are not necessarily such a big deal--my doctor basically told me and my wife that if I have another one at home, there's no need to call 911. The bigger risk is if it happens while you're doing something else, like swimming or driving a car, that puts you at additional risk. This is why most states don't allow you to drive for a certain amount of time after a seizure. If I were McCarthy, I don't think that I would change what I was doing unless doctors recommended it, but I would consider wearing a helmet in the field, like John Olerud. Hopefully the medication helps control the seizures.

EDIT: Made multiple edits.
   13. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: June 10, 2013 at 01:31 PM (#4465909)
My seizures were unusual in that they were likely brought about by fatigue/stress, but I was told by doctors that those are very weak causes for seizures. Head trauma is a more common one, although I wasn't aware that they can happen so long after the trauma itself. If I were McCarthy, I don't think that I would change what I was doing, but I would consider wearing a helmet in the field, like John Olerud.


Rickey also once had a teammate who did this.
   14. dlf Posted: June 10, 2013 at 02:03 PM (#4465957)
NGaI (Dave) -- best of wishes on your continued recovery. I have a close family member who has seizures and watching her go through an episode has always been incredibly traumatic and her anti-seizure medication has some pretty significant side-effects.
   15. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 10, 2013 at 02:10 PM (#4465962)
NGaI (Dave) -- best of wishes on your continued recovery. I have a close family member who has seizures and watching her go through an episode has always been incredibly traumatic and her anti-seizure medication has some pretty significant side-effects.

Thanks. I hope your family member is doing better as well. I personally made the decision to try to treat it with lifestyle changes before taking medication, given the potential side effects and the fact that my case is very mild (two seizures more than two years apart). I've been seizure-free for about 18 months now but I'm always aware of the risk.

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