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Brandon McCarthy discharged from hospital with sense of humor clearly intact

Kevin Kaduk
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Oakland A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon and the transfer was met with another confirmation that brain surgery hasn't affected his sense of humor any.

Last Wednesday's surgery to stabilize a skull fracture suffered when McCarthy was hit by a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar apparently hasn't affected his libido, either.


McCarthy's off-color joke, which he fired off as he left the California Pacific Medical Campus in San Francisco, had been retweeted nearly 4,000 times at the time of this blog post.

And lest she let her husband build any fantasies that involve calling in a reliever — or all of the Twittersphere's laughs — Amanda McCarthy responded with a hilarious tweet of her own.

I WILL strike someone with a brain injury [she asserted]

Don't worry folks, it's all just a lot of good fun from the best husband-and-wife comedy duo in the sport. Their back-and-forth over the social medium is one of the big reasons why so many baseball fans — and not just those from Oakland  — are pulling for McCarthy as the 29-year-old attempts to recover from this awful injury.

It should be noted that it's not like McCarthy can't be serious when he needs to be, either. The team's official release about the pitcher's condition included a nice thank you to doctors, nurses, teammates and fans as well as McCarthy's stated wish to return "to baseball and our normal lives in the weeks and months ahead."

There is no current timetable for McCarthy's return, but it almost certainly won't come in this year's regular season or postseason. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that McCarthy cannot do any strenuous rehab or exercise until his skull has completely healed and McCarthy isn't expected to leave the Bay Area for at least three weeks.

One thing's for certain, though: We're going to be privy to the funniest comeback of all time, thanks to the McCarthys' 1-2 comedy punch on Twitter. Keep 'em coming.

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