A's pitcher beaned by hit still in danger

SEATTLE — A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy remained hospitalized in a "life-threatening" situation, two days after being hit in the head by a line drive, trainer Nick Paparesta said Friday.

Struck by a hard shot from the Angels' Erick Aybar on Wednesday, McCarthy sustained an epidural hemorrhage, a brain bruise and a skull fracture. He had two hours of surgery at a San Francisco Bay area hospital to relieve pressure on his brain.

Paparesta, speaking before Oakland's game against Seattle, said the doctors and medical team told him the biggest issue is the patient's reaction the first two or three days. "(McCarthy is) not out of the woods, but he's showing great progress," Paparesta said.

McCarthy, 29, had gotten out of bed three times, sat up in a chair, eaten solid foods and recognized visitors, Paparesta said. He can talk but isn't talking because of continued pain.

agents investigated: Major League Baseball and the players union are investigating agents Seth and Sam Levinson to determine whether their agency facilitated steroid use by clients, CBSSports.com reported. They are looking into whether the brothers, who count recently suspended Melky Cabrera among their clients, are connected to known steroids dealer Kirk Radomski, who was a key witness in George Mitchells steroid investigation, the report said. Seth Levinson said the allegations are baseless.

Rangers' Harrison to miss rays: Texas is pushing back 15-game winner Matt Harrison's next start from Sunday against the Rays to Tuesday in order to give the left-hander rest, manager Ron Washington said. Instead, right-hander Roy Oswalt will get the Sunday start.

Strasburg out early: Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg matched his season low by lasting only three innings against the Marlins in what was likely his final home start of the season. He allowed five earned runs and six hits, including two homers, in a 9-7, 10-inning loss. He entered the game with a 15-6 record and has thrown 159⅓ innings. The team is expected to cut short his first full season after elbow ligament replacement surgery because of an innings limit. His final start is expected to be Wednesday at the Mets.

Clemens comeback: Seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens, 50, pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings for Sugar Land, Texas, of the Atlantic League with his oldest son, Koby, catching.

Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ, who was scheduled to start today against the Mariners, will miss the rest of the season with a broken right foot. The team isn't sure how the injury occurred.

Cubs: The team is shutting down RHP Jeff Samardzija, 25, after today's start because his innings total as a starter this year (165⅔) is nearly double his career high.

Phillies: All-Star C Carlos Ruiz (inflammation on bottom of left foot) was activated off the DL. He is expected to mostly pinch-hit. 3B Placido Polanco (lower back inflammation) will likely miss the rest of the season.

Yankees: RHP Ivan Nova (sore shoulder) could return Sunday against the Orioles. 1B Mark Teixeira (strained left calf) said he hoped to return today.

Florida State League: Host Jupiter held off Lakeland 6-5 to take the opener of the best-of-five championship playoff series for the Class A minor league. Game 2 is tonight at Jupiter.

A's pitcher beaned by hit still in danger 09/07/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 8, 2012 1:59am]

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