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Get Well Soon, Brandon

Friday, September 07, 2012


Brandon McCarthy was hit in the head by a comebacker off the bat of Erick Aybar during his start Wednesday afternoon against the Angels, but he managed to walk off the field under his own power and was reported hours later to be "conscious and doing well." That's why Thursday's news came as a pretty big shock.

It turns out that McCarthy underwent a two-hour surgery on Wednesday night after a CT scan found an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture. It sounds positively terrifying, but his latest scan on Thursday showed improvement and the epidural hemorrhage has subsided. Meanwhile, A's general manager Billy Beane said McCarthy is "stable, awake and alert" and resting in the critical care unit of the hospital. That's all we know right now.  

Talking about baseball seems pretty trivial at a time like this, but the games will continue. Fresh off being swept by the Angels, the Athletics are set to open a three-game series with the Mariners on Friday night. Dan Straily was scratched from his playoff start with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday and will presumably take McCarthy's spot in the rotation down the stretch.

Orioles Magic, Alive and Well

There's something pretty cool going on Baltimore. On the very same day that Cal Ripken, Jr. had a sculpture of his likeness unveiled at Camden Yards, the Orioles topped the Yankees 10-6 in front of a packed house of orange and black to move back into a flat-footed tie with the Bombers for first place in the American League East.

The Orioles socked six homers in the victory, including two by Mark Reynolds, who now has three two-homer games against the Yankees in the past week. The only other player to have three multi-homer games against the Yankees in the same season is Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, who did it with the Tigers back in 1938. Matt Wieters, Robert Andino, Adam Jones and Chris Davis also went deep in the victory. Jones' solo shot broke a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the eighth.

Jason Hammel was solid in his return from knee surgery, allowing one run on six hits and two walks while striking out six. Reynolds is one of the hottest hitters in baseball over the past month, so he's probably already gone in most competitive mixed fantasy leagues, but there's a chance Hammel is still out there on the waiver wire. Remember, he had a 3.54 ERA and 106/39 K/BB ratio over 18 starts prior to the surgery, so he could be a nice find during the stretch run.

The Orioles will attempt to grab sole possession of first place Friday night when they send Wei-Yin Chen to the hill against Phil Hughes. This weekend should be a lot of fun.

No Weaver This Weekend

Just when it looked like the Angels were finally ready to make their move in the playoff race, we learned Thursday that they will be without their ace this weekend for an important series against the Tigers.

Jered Weaver underwent an MRI which revealed right biceps tendinitis. The interesting thing about it is that the Angels said the injury isn't related to him being hit in the shoulder by a line drive during his most recent start on Sunday. He has a 6.14 ERA over his last five starts while allowing seven home runs over his last 29 1/3 innings, so it's possible this could have been bothering him for a while.

As of now, the Angels are hoping he will only have to miss one turn in the rotation, though things could change if he isn't able to throw a bullpen session in a couple days. The team had a scheduled off-day on Thursday, so Ervin Santana, C.J. Wilson and Zack Greinke will start this weekend on regular rest.  

NL Quick Hits: Troy Tulowitzki (groin) went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored Thursday in his latest rehab game with Double-A Tulsa … Josh Johnson allowed two runs over seven innings Thursday in a win over the Brewers and has a 2.76 ERA over his last nine starts… Tim Hudson tossed seven shutout innings Thursday in a 1-0 win over the Braves … Aramis Ramirez (back) was held out of Thursday's lineup after leaving Wednesday's game with a lower back strain … Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out nine in Thursday's win over the Cubs … According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers are talking about a contract extension with GM Ned Colletti … Jed Lowrie (knee, ankle) is set to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi … Chad Billingsley (elbow) could require Tommy John surgery … Juan Carlos Oviedo underwent Tommy John surgery Thursday and will miss most of the 2013 season … Tim Byrdak underwent surgeries Thursday to repair a torn anterior capsule muscle in his left shoulder and meniscus damage in his right knee … Xavier Nady will undergo an MRI after leaving Wednesday's game with a strained hamstring …

AL Quick Hits: Adrian Beltre hit his 11th homer in his past 15 games Thursday and continues to build his case as a potential AL MVP candidate … Mark Teixeira still felt some tightness in his calf while running in the outfield Thursday, but still hopes to return this weekend … Mike Napoli (quad) ran the bases Thursday and said he didn't feel comfortable while trying to ramp things up … Andy Pettitte (ankle) is expected to throw another simulated game Saturday … Ivan Nova (shoulder) threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session Thursday … Chris Tillman (elbow) is close to playing catch … The Rays will promote prospect right-hander Chris Archer on Friday … Jim Thome continues to make progress from a herniated disk in his neck, but there's no clear timetable for his return … The Orioles will call up Jake Arrieta on Friday … Jarrod Dyson's strained right lat will limit him primarily to pinch-hitting for the rest of the season …



D.J. Short is a Rotoworld baseball editor and contributes to NBCSports.com's Hardball Talk blog. You can also find him on Twitter.
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