SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. After Brandon McCarthy took a line drive to the head last Sept. 5, his wife, Amanda, thought his career was over. She admitted as much Wednesday at Salt River Fields. That thought, though, never crossed McCarthy's mind, and he couldn't recall if his wife had ever brought it up to him.
"She might have, and I feel like I probably told her to shut up," McCarthy joked. "It really wasnt something I was going to hear from anybody else."
McCarthy returned to the mound Wednesday for the first time since that line drive struck his head, causing an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture that required emergency surgery.
In his unofficial D-backs debut, McCarthy pitched two innings and gave up a run on three hits and four strikeouts. In the first inning, he struck out Reds hitters Joey Votto, Billy Hamilton and Ryan Ludwick. But the results were not the story Wednesday.
It was just 175 days ago McCarthy was on the mound for the Athletics, facing Angels s...