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A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy takes to Twitter to communicate

In an encouraging sign regarding his progress, A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy took to Twitter on Saturday morning for his first public communication since undergoing brain surgery.

“Crazy about this children’s Tylenol, I can’t believe they give it to kids,” McCarthy tweeted at around 2 a.m. Saturday, judging by his Twitter timeline. That’s a line from the T.V. show “Arrested Development,” and a sign that McCarthy’s sharp sense of humor – which he displays often on Twitter – is intact following his surgery Wednesday night to extract an epidural hematoma.

McCarthy was struck in the head by a line drive while pitching Wednesday afternoon against the Los Angeles Angels. On Friday, A’s head trainer Nick Paparesta cautioned that McCarthy’s condition was still life-threatening because of the potential for complications following such surgery.

The first two to three days following the procedure are the most critical, doctors told Paparesta, and Saturday is the third day. But the fact McCarthy is tweeting from the Bay Area hospital at which he is recovering appears encouraging regarding his health.

“The good news in all of this, is that I set up my fantasy lineups beforehand. So there shall be no excuses at this point,” he tweeted around 10 a.m.

McCarthy also responded to a get-well wish from 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis:

“@PatrickWillis52 thanks buddy, I feel like I just got hit by you,” McCarthy wrote.

–Hopefully the encouraging news continues …

Joe Stiglich