September 5, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics players and staff surround starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy (32) after being hit in the head on a line drive by Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar (not pictured)during the fourth inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

A's Pitcher Brandon McCarthy Discharged From Hospital

Oakland A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy was involved in one of the scariest incidents of the year in Major League Baseball when he was struck in the head with a line drive. The play left McCarthy with an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. It was a very scary situation but less than a week later McCarthy has been discharged from the hospital.

Dr. Peter Weber was the neurologist who performed surgery on McCarthy at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He consulted with the A’s team physician Dr. Allan Pont and they agreed “McCarthy had made an excellent recovery and could be safely released from the hospital.”

Upon his release from the hospital, McCarthy issued a statement thanking everyone for their support through his road to recovery.

“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,” McCarthy said. “We could not have been in better hands.”

He went on to add, “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 also went on to prove that despite the severe brain injury his sense of humor is still intact.

There is currently no timetable for McCarthy’s return and he will be staying in the Bay Area for the next three weeks as his skull completely heals. Once the skull is 100%, he will be able to begin his rehab.

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