Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy suffered a seizure last Monday, according to AZCentral.
He was recovering from shoulder inflammation at the time after being placed on the disabled list on June 1.
McCarthy was at a restaurant with his wife, Amanda, when he slumped over in a booth.
“Amanda climbed across, pushed the table away and called for help,” the report states. “He was taken to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, where a CT scan determined he had not suffered additional head trauma. He said he was put on anti-seizure medication.”
Fortunately, no surgery was needed while he was at the hospital.
This brought back memories of his traumatic experience last season when he was pitching for the Oakland A’s. McCarthy was hit by a line drive from the Angels’ Erick Aybar and wound up suffering a skull fracture. He needed emergency surgery performed to relieve pressure in his brain, but luckily he survived and signed a multi-year contract with the Diamondbacks in the offseason.
“That was the worst part, going to bed that night with the chance that I was going to have to have another surgery,” he said. “But I woke up the next morning and they came in and said, no, that a lot of people had looked at it and said it was just sort of a shadow that kind of shows up, that it wasn’t anything to be concerned with.”
McCarthy is 2-4 with a 5.00 ERA in 11 starts this season. He says that the only effect from the seizure was a little more soreness in his inflamed shoulder, but hopes that it will not cause him to spend more time on the disabled list.