A's Brandon McCarthy Undergoes 2-Hour Surgery to Relieve Epidural Hemorrhage

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 6, 2012

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy underwent surgery on Wednesday night after being struck in the head by a line drive against the Los Angeles Angeles.

Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com tweeted on Thursday:

McCarthy's surgery, according to A's, involved "evacuation of an epidural hemorrhage and stabilization of the skull fracture."

— DKnobler (@DKnobler) September 6, 2012

Knobler also tweeted:

A's say McCarthy remains in "critical care," but is alert, awake and showing signs of improvement.

— DKnobler (@DKnobler) September 6, 2012


UPDATE: Monday, September 10 at 2:20 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

Progress is being made slowly but surely for McCarthy. 

According to Amanda McCarthy, aka Mrs. McCarthy on Twitter, her husband was able to get around today. 

First walk!! Success-

— Amanda McCarthy (@Mrs_McCarthy32) September 10, 2012

Every day there seems to be more good news with McCarthy. It is going to be a process, but hopefully we are nearing the end of the danger zone. Given how nasty the injury looked when it happened, this has to be a monumental step for him and his progress. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, September 9, at 10:30 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

Though there is still a long way to go, McCarthy appears to be making a lot of positive progress. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday was a big step forward for McCarthy. 

A's trainer Nick Paparesta detailed numerous other encouraging developments about McCarthy's condition Saturday, including the fact that McCarthy was much more verbal and had peppered his neurosurgeon with questions during the day. 

Any positive developments are reasons to celebrate, while remaining cautious. Still, it is good to hear that McCarthy is making strides just a few days after the horrific incident. 

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UPDATE: Saturday, September 8, 12:40 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

After undergoing surgery on his skull and brain to repair the damage done by a line drive, Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy was back on Twitter Saturday morning showing his sense of humor.

McCarthy’s official Twitter account read the following Arrested Development reference at 3:45 a.m. ET Saturday, a great sign that he was thinking clearly enough to make a joke:

"Crazy about this children's tylenol, can't believe they give it to kids."

— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) September 8, 2012

The concern over whether the young man would make it out of this ordeal alive was very real, and he is not out of the woods yet. With that said, the improvements he is making are a great sign of a steady recovery.

This is a terrible situation that could have been so much worse.

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Update: Friday, September 7, at 9:35 p.m. ET

Brandon McCarthy is still in a "life-threatening situation," according to Athletics trainer Nick Paparesta, via Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Slusser tweeted on Friday:

#Athletics trainer Nick Paparesta says McCarthy is still "absolutely" in a life-threatening situation.

— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) September 8, 2012

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McCarthy's injury is a reminder of how dangerous it can be as a starting pitcher in the major leagues. We've seen this before, where a pitcher doesn't have time to react to a screaming line drive. It's a gruesome sight and something nobody wants to see.

McCarthy gave up three runs in 3.2 innings on Wednesday before Erick Aybar's line drive struck him in the head in the fourth inning.

The 29-year-old is 8-6 with a 3.24 ERA and 1.25 WHIP this season in 18 starts. He is part of the reason they currently hold a wild-card spot in the American League despite losing starters Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill in the offseason. 


McCarthy also played well for the A's last season, posting a 3.32 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 25 starts. He's undoubtedly a big part of their rotation as they vie for the playoffs this season.

McCarthy turned his career around with the A's after struggling with the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers in his first five seasons in the league. He wasn't even pitching in the majors two seasons ago after enduring several injuries.

We can only hope McCarthy gets better moving forward.


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