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A’s Pitcher McCarthy Released From Hospital After Skull Fracture

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Brandon McCarthy #32 of the Oakland Athletics is taken out of the game by trainer Nick Paparesta (R) and manager Bob Melvin (2nd L) after McCarthy was hit in the head with a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fourth inning at O.co Coliseum on September 5, 2012. Cliff Pennington #2 and Derek Norris #36 look on. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Brandon McCarthy #32 of the Oakland Athletics is taken out of the game by trainer Nick Paparesta (R) and manager Bob Melvin (2nd L) after McCarthy was hit in the head with a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fourth inning at O.co Coliseum on September 5, 2012. Cliff Pennington #2 and Derek Norris #36 look on. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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OAKLAND (CBSAP) — Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was released from a Bay Area hospital on Tuesday, less than a week after getting hit in the head by a line drive and undergoing surgery.

McCarthy said he plans to return to baseball once he returns to full strength in the coming months.

Dr. Peter Weber, the neurologist who performed the surgery at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and team physician Dr. Allan Pont agreed “McCarthy had made an excellent recovery and could be safely released from the hospital,” according to a statement released by the team.

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The 29-year-old McCarthy underwent two hours of surgery late Wednesday after a ball hit by the Angels’ Erick Aybar struck the right side of his head. He experienced an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture on the play.

McCarthy expressed deep appreciation to everyone involved in his care, from the moment of the accident to the ambulance ride and doctors and nurses who checked on him around the clock at the hospital. “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 in the team statement. “We could not have been in better hands.”

The A’s said that McCarthy will remain in the Bay Area for the next three weeks. By Saturday, he was back to joking on Twitter—and his wife was posting regularly, too.

McCarthy, Oakland’s opening day starter, is 8-6 with a 3.24 ERA this year in his sixth big league season and second with the A’s. He went 9-9 with a 3.32 ERA last season.

“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,” McCarthy said. “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!”

Oakland was scheduled for a night road game in Anaheim against the Angels.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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