Athletics’ McCarthy stable after being hit by line drive

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was in stable condition in the critical care unit of a Bay Area hospital a day after having surgery for a skull fracture and brain contusion caused by a line drive.

McCarthy was hit in the right side of the head Wednesday by a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels. He was knocked down by the shot and hit his head on the ground.

The 29-year-old McCarthy eventually walked off the field under his own power and was taken to the hospital for further tests and observation.

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