A's McCarthy released from hospital

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 11, 2012
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. McCarthy issued this statement: "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 ... 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." He added that he intends to return to baseball.
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