ANAHEIM -- The Angels want to beat the A's this week, but the health of opposing starter Brandon McCarthy is still very much on their minds. And nobody on their side has taken the recent events harder than Erick Aybar, whose line drive hit McCarthy directly above his right ear on Wednesday and led to emergency brain surgery.
"It's been hard," Aybar said in Spanish on Monday. "You never want that to happen. We may be on different teams, but I don't wish harm upon anybody. I always want things to turn out well."
Aybar recently left a message for McCarthy and got a return call from his wife, Amanda, who let the Angels shortstop know her husband is doing a lot better.
A's head trainer Nick Paparesta said McCarthy's doctors "are all very happy with how he's doing and the progress that he's made." The 29-year-old McCarthy, now stationed in a transitional care unit in a Bay Area hospital, walked down the hallway on Monday and went up and down four steps using a handrail. He could be close to heading back home.
Prior to Monday's series opener at Angel Stadium, the Angels flashed a "Get Well Soon, Brandon McCarthy" message on their JumboTron.