OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was released from a Bay Area hospital Tuesday, less than a week after getting hit in the head by a line drive and undergoing surgery.
And he said he plans to return to baseball once he regains to full strength in the coming months.
The A's say Dr. Peter Weber, the neurologist who performed the surgery at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and team physician Dr. Allan Pont agreed "McCarthy had made an excellent recovery and could be safely released from the hospital."
The 29-year-old McCarthy underwent two hours of surgery late Wednesday after a ball hit by the Angels' Erick Aybar struck the right side of his head. He had an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture on the play.
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 that McCarthy will remain in the Bay Area for the next three weeks.
By Saturday, he was back to joking on Twitter — and his wife was posting regularly, too.
"I think it's great. He's made some big strides here in a few days and we're all very happy that he's home," manager Bob Melvin said before the A's played Los Angeles at Angel Stadium.
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