12:21 AM EDT, September 6, 2012
Brandon McCarthy, Oakland's top starter, was struck in the head by a line drive on Wednesday, a sight that left the A's shaken.
"When you see your ace go down like that, it's tough," reliever Sean Doolittle said.
McCarthy fell to the ground after being hit on the right side of his head by a liner off the bat of Erick Aybar, and he struck his head on the ground as he landed. He did not lose consciousness, according to the A's, and he was taken to Summit Medical Center in Oakland for precautionary reasons.
A's manager Bob Melvin said after the game that McCarthy was getting a CT scan.
The A's leave Thursday for a series that opens Friday at Seattle, but it's reasonable to assume that even if McCarthy clears all tests, he would not join the team immediately. He is not scheduled to start again until Tuesday at Anaheim. Melvin said that he could not possibly speculate on whether McCarthy will be able to make his next start.
Should McCarthy be unavailable, Travis Blackley, who worked three scoreless innings in relief in Oakland's 7-1 loss Wednesday, could get a spot start, or the A's might consider their top pitching prospect, right-hander Dan Straily, who was not recalled when rosters expanded on Saturday.
Oakland was swept by the Angels in the three-game series and plays 17 of the next 20 games on the road, including four at Anaheim next week.