While enjoying dinner with his wife on Monday, Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Brandon McCarthy suffered a seizure that doctors have linked back to the head injury he sustained when struck in the head by a line drive last September.
The direct blow off the bat of Erick Aybar caused a brain contusion and skull fracture, and McCarthy required emergency surgery to remove bleeding that was causing pressure on his brain. It was a life-threatening situation that McCarthy pulled through physically and put behind him mentally in order to make his remarkable comeback to the mound this season.
But now comes this reminder of just how serious the situation was then, and though doctors warned McCarthy that seizures were possible in wake of his injuries, it also shows how unpredictable injuries to the head and particularly the brain can be.
McCarthy was at a restaurant in north Phoenix with his wife, Amanda, on Monday night when the incident occurred.
After he slumped over in a booth, Amanda climbed across, pushed the table away and called for help.
He was taken to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, where a CT scan determined he had not suffered additional head trauma. He said he was put on anti-seizure medication.
“I remember someone restraining me and telling me I had a seizure,” McCarthy said. “I don’t really remember much past that until I was at the hospital.”
In addition to the good news about no additional head trauma, doctors also told McCarthy he would have no physical limitations and could resume his rehabilitation from right shoulder tightness the next day. He's currently on the disabled list for that ailment and is expected to return in four to five weeks. A timetable that doctors say will not change in the wake of the scary incident earlier in the week.
Piecoro has more on the story in his piece linked above, including an anxious night when doctors thought they'd spotted a new blood spot on McCarthy's brain. Needless to say, the McCarthys had a trying week, but we're relieved to hear Brandon is on the mend.
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