Injured A’s pitcher McCarthy tweets from hospital bed
Oakland, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Oakland A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy has posted several messages on his Twitter account while recovering from a surgery to repair a fractured skull after he was hit by a line drive Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels.
Around 1:45 p.m. Saturday, McCarthy posted “Crazy about this children’s tylenol, can’t believe they give it to kids” on his verified Twitter account — @BMcCarthy32.
Then at 10:24 a.m. McCarthy twitted “The good news in all of this, is that I set up my fantasy lineups beforehand. So there shall be no excuses at this point.”
He also responded “@PatrickWillis52 thanks buddy, I feel like I just got hit by you” to San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, one of his many well-wishers on the social networking site.
McCarthy took Erick Aybar’s screaming line drive off his head with two outs in the fourth inning of an eventual 7-1 loss to the Angels Wednesday.
He eventually walked off the mound under his own power but was taken to Oakland’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, where a CAT scan revealed the extent of his injuries.
McCarthy underwent a two-hour operation to evacuate an epidural hemorrhage and stabilize the skull fracture. The surgery has ended McCarthy’s season and the injury put his playing career in doubt.
The A’s medical staff said McCarthy was progressing well and was stable, but remained in serious condition.
Oakland trainer Nick Paparesta said McCarthy was able to sit up in bed, and was up and around three times Friday, the second day after the injury occurred. The trainer earlier cautioned that the first three days are crucial in these types of head injuries,
Paparesta said McCarthy also sat in a chair and ate solid foods and drank fluids, all without complications and is able to recognize visitors and talk, although pain is limiting how much he speaks.