A scary moment happened at the O.Co Coliseum when Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy got struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Los Angeles Angels‘ short stop Erick Aybar. The good news is that he never lost consciousness and after several minutes was able to walk off the field under his own power and was taken to the hospital for testing.
Josh Donaldson made the play on the ball after it went in his direction after striking McCarthy making a bare handed play and recording the out.
Coming into the day the A’s are tied with the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles for the two wild card spots and the injury means that rookies Tommy Milone, Jarrod Parker, A.J. Griffin will need to step up. Taking his place in the rotation will either be Travis Blackley, who came into the game in long relief today, or another rookie Daniel Straily.
In the 17 games McCarthy has started, which excludes the game today, he has a record of 8-5, with a 3.10 era, has thrown 107.1 innings and has struck out 70 while walking 23. He went 3.2 innings today, gave up three runs, five hits, struck out three and walked one.
This now means the most experience starter in the rotation, if he is out for a period of time, is Brett Anderson who has been excellent since returning to the rotation after recovering from Tommy John surgery. In three starts he has a record of 3-0, an era of .90, thrown 20 innings, has allowed two runs and struck out 15 while walking three.
At the moment the main concern isn’t about the upcoming schedules; it’s the the injury to McCarthy and hoping that it isn’t too serious.