Pitcher Brandon McCarthy visits A’s teammates



OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy stopped by the clubhouse to visit his teammates Friday, just more than a week after getting hit in the head with a line drive.

McCarthy underwent two hours of surgery late on Sept. 5 after he was hit in the right side of the head earlier in the day by a liner from the Los Angeles Angels’ Erick Aybar. The right-hander and Oakland’s opening day starter was released from the hospital Tuesday.

The 29-year-old McCarthy sustained an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture on the play.

Upon being discharged from the hospital, McCarthy said he hopes to return to the mound. Teammate Jerry Blevins said everyone shook McCarthy’s hand and gave him a hug.

He will remain in the Bay Area for three weeks.