SEATTLE (AP) — Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon 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 on Wednesday, 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.
When asked Friday if McCarthy was still in a life-threatening situation, A’s athletic trainer Nick Paparesta said: “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.”
Speaking before the team’s game against Seattle, Paparesta also said McCarthy got out of bed three times, sat up in a chair and his bed, ate solid foods, recognized visitors, and although he can talk he isn’t talking yet because of continued pain.