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Brandon McCarthy throws against hitters for first time since head injury

Feb 19, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Brandon McCarthy took the mound yesterday and faced live hitters for the first time since a line drive to the head on September 5 fractured his skull.

McCarthy threw batting practice to his new Diamondbacks teammates from behind a protective screen, which is standard for all pitchers, and called the experience “completely normal.”

“Anything you would have thought might have been there wasn’t,” McCarthy said, via Steve Gilbert of “I was more nervous about where my command was at, where my stuff was at.”

Good news for a good pitcher and a good person to root for.

  1. dcfan4life - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Can someone tell my why MLB still hasnt approved padding in pitchers hats? Cant be for fear of cheating can it? What kind of hat they wear shouldnt make a single bit of difference on whether or not they apply a foreign substance to the ball. If they wish to do so, they will find a way.

    • professormaddog31 - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      I’m under the impression that they are currently working with two different types of padding, one of which is a light weight Kevlar type of shell inside the cap. Perhaps it’s testing, and they are getting negative feedback from the pitchers themselves? They are strange creatures, you know.

  2. hushbrother - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    It seems crazy to say it but in a way McCarthy is extremely lucky. If the ball had struck him a centimeter or two elsewhere it could have blinded him, left him with migraine headaches for the rest of his life, who knows what else. Maybe even killed him. At the very least it could have ended his career.

  3. IdahoMariner - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    brandon rocks. great to see him back on a mound.

  4. cur68 - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Good luck to the kid this season. Hope he has enough grit for Gibson and company.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      He is pretty athletic.

    • Tim OShenko - Feb 19, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      Dude took a line drive to the head. The only way he could’ve displayed more grit and sacrifice for the team is if he had stayed in to finish the game.

  5. djjackson81 - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Comeback player of the year award with 16+ wins for AZ.

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