SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Diamondbacks right-hander Brandon McCarthy threw to hitters Monday for the first time since suffering a fractured skull and a brain contusion when he was struck by a line drive last September, and it went well.
It honestly was completely normal, McCarthy said. There is that thought of, 'Is something going to happen?' The first time they swing, are you going to duck for cover and run for center? But it really wasnt there. I threw the first pitch, he didnt swing, and, 'Oh, this is easy. Lets go back to doing this again.'
"Anything that you would have thought might have been there wasnt.
McCarthy underwent brain surgery a few days after he was struck by a line drive while pitching for Oakland on Sept. 4 and he was completely cleared by concussion specialists in Pittsburgh in November, a month before signing a two-year, 16 million free-agent deal to join the D-backs rotation.
This was a big day for Brandon, manager Kirk Gibson said.
McCarthy threw 29 pitches, a...