A's pitcher released from hospital after head injury

US PRESSWIRE File PhotoA’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy

A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who had surgery to repair a fractured skull and other injuries after being hit in the head with a line drive last week, was released from the hospital on Tuesday, the team announced.

McCarthy indicated in his statement that he plans to return to baseball at some point, though this season appears to be unlikely.

The A’s statement read, in part: “Dr. Peter Weber, the neurologist who performed the surgery at CPMC, and Dr. Allan Pont, A’s team physician, both felt that McCarthy had made an excellent recovery and could be safely released from the hospital.”

McCarthy also issued a statement, which read, “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, starting with Dr. Weber and all the team’s medical personnel from doctors Allan Pont, Elliott Schwartz and Jon Dickinson to the Oakland A’s athletic trainers, as well as the other physicians and nurses who were on duty around the clock in the Critical Care Unit at California Pacific. We feel the same way about the ambulance driver and those who first met us at the hospital. We could not have been in better hands.

“We also want to express our deep appreciation to our teammates, manager and coaching staff for their concern and encouragement during the uncertain times, and also want to thank all the A’s fans who wished us well. It’s times like these when you realize you have an extended family, and feel so fortunate. Now we look forward to continuing the healing process, and returning to baseball and our normal lives in the weeks and months ahead. Go A’s!”

McCarthy underwent a two-hour procedure on Wednesday night that included the evacuation of an epidural hemorrhage and the stabilization of the skull fracture.

McCarthy is expected to stay in the Bay Area for at least the next three weeks.

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