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A's Brandon McCarthy released from hospital

  • In this photo from Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy (32) places his hand to his head as he leaves the baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Oakland, Calif. McCarthy remains in a ''life-threatening'' situation in a Bay Area hospital two days after being hit in the head by a line drive. Struck on the right side of his head by a hard shot from the Angels' Erick Aybar, McCarthy suffered an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. He had two hours of surgery to relieve pressure on his brain late Wednesday night. A's athletic trainer Nick Paparesta was asked Friday if McCarthy was still in a life-threatening situation. "Absolutely he is. It's brain surgery,'' Paparesta said. ''It's life-threatening. At any possible moment something could go wrong, he could have a complication. Absolutely.'' (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND — Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy has been released from a Bay Area hospital less than a week after getting hit in the head by a line drive and undergoing surgery.

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 experienced an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture on the play.

The A's said that McCarthy, Oakland's opening day starter, will remain in the Bay Area for the next three weeks.


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