Getting hit by a batted ball

Pitchers tell their stories about surviving such a traumatic experience

Originally Published: September 18, 2012
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Brandon McCarthy is out of the hospital, he's at home, and his exceptionally clever and funny tweets suggest that he's going to be all right. Still, keep praying.

On Sept. 5, McCarthy was hit by a line drive on the right side of the head by the Angels' Erick Aybar. The sound was sickening, the ricochet so forceful that A's third baseman Josh Donaldson fielded the ball on one hop and threw Aybar out at first. McCarthy went down in a heap but never lost consciousness and, without help, miraculously ...

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