On September 5, one of the ugliest line drive hit back to the pitcher incidents in the history of Major League Baseball occurred when Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar hit a hot shot back up the middle of the diamond which unfortunately struck Oakland A’s starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy in the head causing him to drop to the ground immediately.
Not long after the incident McCarthy had to undergo brain surgery to in order to treat the epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and fractured skull which he suffered on the horrific play.
Now just 10 weeks following the incident McCarthy has been cleared by doctors to resume baseball activities in order to prepare for the upcoming 2013 season. McCarthy’s head and eye movements were tested during visual exams and following a two-day screening conducted by Dr. Michael Collins of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Concussion Program, Dr. Collins has concluded that there are no signs of concussion syndrome.
McCarthy told the San Francisco Chronicle “It’s a nice weight lifted, knowing everything is back to normal,” when asked about the medical clearance given to him. A’s manager Bob Melvin, who was just recently named the 2012 AL Manager of the Year had the following to say about McCarthy being cleared, “That’s unbelievable. You’re just hoping he survives and can live a normal life; at one point, he was having trouble seeing out of one of his eyes — and now, so soon, he’s been cleared. Boy, there is sure some fight in him. He’s tough.”
The 29-year old went 8-6 in 18 games last season and will be looking for a team to sign him this off-season as he has become a free agent. Now that McCarthy has been cleared to resume baseball activities he will have the opportunity to show any team interested in his services that he is 100% healthy now and ready to go for the new season.