A’s McCarthy recovering from surgery

A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy was awake and resting comfortably on Thursday following his two-hour surgery Wednesday night after being hit in the head by a line drive during Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels.

McCarthy, 29, was struck on the right side of his head by a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar in the fourth inning.

McCarthy was taken to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, where a CT Scan revealed an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. He was transferred to a nearby hospital, where a neurosurgeon performed a second CT scan and clinical examination.

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Surgery was recommended to relieve pressure in McCarthy’s head. The two-hour surgery included evacuation of an epidural hemorrhage and stabilization of the skull fracture.

Another CT Scan performed Thursday revealed improvement, and the epidural hemorrhage had subsided.

McCarthy was in the critical care unit of the hospital on Thursday afternoon.

“Our first concern is Brandon’s health, and we are heartened to learn he has shown progress in his recovery after surgery,” A’s general manager Billy Beane said in a statement. “We are glad to report he is stable, awake and alert.

The team will provide further updates as they become available in the coming days. We would ask members of the media to respect the privacy of Brandon and his family during this time. As we travel to Seattle today, Brandon remains in everyone’s thoughts as we wish him a speedy recovery.”

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