Oakland A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who was struck in the head with a line drive in Wednesday's 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels at the Oakland Coliseum, underwent surgery last night and is resting comfortably, the team announced Thursday afternoon in a press release.
"Our first concern is Brandon's health, and we are heartened to learn he has shown progress in his recovery after surgery," said Billy Beane, the A's general manager. "We are glad to report he is stable, awake and alert. The team will provide further updates as they become available in the coming days.... As we travel to Seattle today, Brandon remains in everyone's thoughts as we wish him a speedy recovery."
McCarthy was struck in the head by a ball hit by Angels shortstop Erick Aybar in the fourth inning. He was attended to and was able to walk off the field under his own power.
McCarthy was immediately taken to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and had a CT Scan that showed an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture.
He was later transferred to another local hospital where a two-hour procedure took place at approximately 9 p.m.
Earlier reports by the team said doctors were keeping him overnight for observation.
The team said another CT scan was taken this afternoon and showed improvement and the epidural hemorrhage had subsided.
The A's, who are still in contention for a wild card playoff spot, begin a three-game series at the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
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