|Brandon McCarthy was able to leave the field on Wednesday under his own power. (AP)|
Brandon McCarthy had surgery on Wednesday night after a CT scan revealed he'd suffered an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture when he was hit in the head on a line drive by the Angels' Erick Aybar on Wednesday. The Athletics issued a press release on Thursday, stating McCarthy is "alert, awake and resting comfortably, and has shown signs of improvement."
McCarthy walked off the mound under his own power after being hit in the fourth inning of Wednesday's loss. He was taken to a local hospital after leaving the game, and after the CT scan revealed the damage, he went to another hospital and underwent a two-hour surgery. Another CT scan taken Thursday showed improvement, and McCarthy is currently resting in the critical care unit of the hospital, according to the team.
"Our first concern is Brandon's health, and we are heartened to learn he has shown progress in his recovery after surgery," A's GM Billy Beane said in the statement. "We are glad to report he is stable, awake and alert. The team will provide further updates as they become available in the coming days. We would ask members of the media to respect the privacy of Brandon and his family during this time. As we travel to Seattle today, Brandon remains in everyone's thoughts as we wish him a speedy recovery."
McCarthy's wife, Amanada, thanked fans on Twitter on Thursday:
Again thank you for the thoughts and prayers, they are not going unnoticed. He has the best fans..— Amanda McCarthy (@Mrs_McCarthy32) September 6, 2012