Recommendation: "It wouldn't surprise me if he was able to do that," Melvin said. On Sept. 5, McCarthy was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of the Angels' Erick Aybar, and suffered a skull fracture as a result. A return for McCarthy this season seemed improbable (to say the least) after such a scary and serious injury, but now it sounds like he still has a chance of toeing the rubber in October.
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Update: Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday that he thinks it's possible McCarthy (head) could pitch at some point in the playoffs, Joe Stiglich of the Bay Area News Group reports.