SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Brandon McCarthy does not wish to be known as that player who got hit in the head.
At least for now, though, it's an identity he can't escape. When last seen in a major league baseball game last Sept. 5, the right-hander - then with the Oakland Athletics - was struck in the head by a vicious line drive.
The results were as frightening as it gets for a pitcher - an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture.
Now, cleared to return by the top expert in the field, he has begun spring training with his new team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he and the team seem much more concerned about his history of shoulder problems than with the after-effects of that scary day.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Blue Jays vs. Rockies Pick Being at home, will the Colorado Rockies manage to outscore the Toronto Blue Jays when they meet tonight at...
Thumbnail Scuffling Cubs turn to Arrieta vs. Reds While in no way prepared to send out a distress signal, the Cubs suddenly look quite vulnerable. Can the Reds step in and extend the...
Thumbnail Interleague rivals Kansas City, St. Louis meet Tonight, one of the most highly anticipated interleague matchups of the year finally gets underway in Kansas City. Do the Cardinals have any hope of...
Thumbnail Red Sox vs. Rays Pick Can the Tampa Bay Rays snap an 11-game losing streak today when they host the Boston Red Sox at 7:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Rangers vs. Yankees Free Pick Will the Texas Rangers be able to get the first strike on the New York Yankees when the two meet up tonight at 7:05PM...
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages