SEATTLE -- Prior to Friday's game in Seattle, A's trainer Nick Paparesta said hospitalized pitcher Brandon McCarthy is progressing well and stable, but is still in serious condition.
"By no stretch of the imagination are we out of the woods, but everything is going great. He's showing great progress," Paparesta said.
McCarthy was struck in the right side of the head by a line drive during Wednesday's game against the Angels. Paparesta said it was determined after McCarthy left the field that he needed to go to the hospital for a CT Scan. He underwent surgery Wednesday night to relieve pressure on his brain caused by a skull fracture.
Paparesta said McCarthy was able to sit up in bed, and was up and around three times. He also sat in a chair and ate solid foods and drank fluids, all without complications. McCarthy is able to recognize visitors and talk, although pain is limiting how much he speaks.
"The biggest issue we deal with after these type of injuries and this type of procedure, is, from what the physicians explained to us, was that Days 2 and 3 are going to be the hardest days. Obviously, we're coming up on Day 3 tomorrow. So the evening time there is a possibility of having a recurring or the increase of swelling coming back again, and if that were the case, they would need to do some different measures and techniques to try to get that swelling, to keep it down."
As far as what can be expected as McCarthy recovers, Paparesta said it is best to take it in steps.
"First and foremost, we need to look at his life and making sure he stays alive. This is serious stuff and we want him to live," Paparesta said. "I think the next phase that we would look at is him being able to go through and have normal gross motor mechanics and skill set, where he can go through his normal active life and live normally. The third thing would be maybe we put a little bit of time to look into his fine motor skills and see where he is at that point in time."