Oakland pitcher out of hospital

OAKLAND, Calif. — Athletics RHP Brandon McCarthy was released from a San Francisco hospital Tuesday, less than a week after getting hit in the head by a line drive and having surgery.

And he said he plans to return to baseball once he returns to full strength in the coming months.

The A's said Dr. Peter Weber, the neurologist who performed the surgery at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and team physician Allan Pont agreed "McCarthy had made an excellent recovery and could be safely released from the hospital."

McCarthy, 29, underwent two hours of surgery late Wednesday after a ball hit by the Angels' Erick Aybar struck the right side of his head. He suffered an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture.

McCarthy expressed deep appreciation to everyone involved in his care, from the moment of the accident to the ambulance ride and doctors and nurses who checked on him around the clock at the hospital.

"From the bottom of our hearts, (my wife) Amanda and I want to thank everyone who was involved in responding to and treating my injury," McCarthy said in a statement released by the A's. "We could not have been in better hands."

The A's said McCarthy will remain in the San Francisco bay area for three weeks.

By Saturday, he was back to joking on Twitter, and his wife was posting regularly, too.

McCarthy, Oakland's opening day starter, is 8-6 with a 3.24 ERA in his sixth big-league season and second with the A's.

CLOSER TO REST: The Reds are giving LHP Aroldis Chapman a few days off to rest his tired pitching shoulder. Chapman struggled with his control and hit only 96 mph on the radar gun Monday night during a 14-inning, 4-3 win over Pittsburgh. He had to be taken out during the middle of an inning for the first time this season.

AIR CLEARED: Reds 2B Brandon Phillips said he's happy and ready to move on after talking to Pirates RH reliever Jared Hughes about a comment he thought he overheard. Phillips tweeted Monday that he thought he heard Hughes make a derogatory comment about him during the game, but he and Hughes talked the next day and cleared up the matter.

GAME TIME CHANGE: The White Sox switched the time of their Sept. 25 game against the Indians from 8:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. to avoid a conflict with Yom Kippur. In other White Sox news, DH Adam Dunn was out of the lineup a fifth straight game because of a strained right oblique. Dunn was hoping to do some light swinging with a bat this week as he continues treatment.

ASTROS: Owner Jim Crane said the team has narrowed its list of managerial candidates and will interview six to eight of them this week. Interim manager Tony DeFrancesco is the only known candidate.

DODGERS: CF Matt Kemp was back in the starting lineup after missing two games because of left shoulder discomfort.

ORIOLES: The contracts of OFs Endy Chavez and L.J. Hoes were purchased from Triple-A Norfolk, and veteran RH reliever Kevin Gregg and INF Ryan Adams were designated for assignment.

RED SOX: Struggling RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his scheduled start Friday despite reports that he might be dropped from the rotation.

TWINS: C Joe Mauer was scratched from the starting lineup with back spasms.

Oakland pitcher out of hospital 09/11/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 10:18pm]

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