Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy underwent emergency surgery Wednesday night after tests revealed he had suffered a fractured skull, a brain contusion and bleeding within the head.
McCarthy was struck on the head by a ball hit by the Angels' Erick Aybar during a game Wednesday in Oakland. The A's announced the surgery in a statement Thursday and said McCarthy was "alert, awake and resting comfortably."
According to the statement, McCarthy was diagnosed with the injuries in a CT scan Wednesday afternoon. In the evening, after a second CT scan and medical examination, surgery was performed "to relieve pressure from McCarthy's head," the statement said.
In a two-hour procedure starting at about 9 p.m., neurosurgeons drained blood from McCarthy's head and stabilized the skull fracture, according to the statement. A CT scan Thursday afternoon showed the bleeding had subsided and McCarthy's condition had improved.