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A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy leaves game after being struck in head by liner

A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy left Wednesday’s game in the fourth inning after being struck in the head by a liner off the bat of the Los Angeles Angels’ Erick Aybar. Aybar hit a 3-1 pitch that struck McCarthy on the right side of the head. He went down immediately, banging the back of his head hard on the ground as he fell.

McCarthy sat up after a few moments and had a dazed look on his face as A’s head trainer Nick Paparesta knelt at his side and tended to him. After about two minutes, McCarthy got to his feet and walked off the field under his own power and was relieved by Travis Blackley, with the A’s trailing 3-1.

The A’s announced afterward that McCarthy never lost consciousness but was taken to Summit Medical Center in Oakland for precautionary reasons.

The crack of the bat and then the sound of the ball striking McCarthy could be heard throughout the stadium. The ball actually ricocheted over toward third base, and Josh Donaldson fielded it and threw to first to narrowly get Aybar. The crowd of 15,404 fell silent as McCarthy was tended to. Players from both benches watched with concern, and Aybar was seen sitting on the bench with his head in his hands.

McCarthy, in his seventh big league season, is 8-5 with a 3.24 ERA, and the most experienced member of an A’s rotation that currently features three rookies.

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  • Michael

    I just learned Brandon underwent brain surgery.

    When I first saw Aybar’s line drive hit him, I thought, “Please don’t let the replay show what I thought it showed.” But it looked terrifying. Then he got up and walked off, and I was a bit less worried but wanted to hear from the A’s trainers that he was A-Ok. Then I heard he had surgery, and I almost lost it.

    I’m an Angels fan, but so the hell what when something like that happens to a guy. McCarthy is one of the best people in baseball and a major talent and I really can’t wait to hear that he’s out of the hospital, with his family, and making a rapid recovery.

    I want to see him on the mound next Spring, and better than ever.

    Brandon: all of Baseball is pulling for you, man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.