Oakland Athletics starter Brandon McCarthy has been cleared to resume baseball activities after his concussion symptoms lessened subsided. McCarthy had brain surgery after being struck in the head by a line drive off hit by Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar on Sept. 5. He was cleared to play light catch last month and tested and screened regularly. He can now begin workouts to gradually increase his activity and then resume his full offseason throwing program. "It's a nice weight lifted, knowing everything is back to normal," McCarthy told The San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday. McCarthy, 29, sustained a brain contusion and skull fracture on the play. He had gone 8-6 with a 3.24 ERA in 18 starts with the A's in 2012.
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