A’s Brandon McCarthy to Consider Using a Helmet on Mound


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J. Meric/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s been a little over three weeks since Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy suffered a fractured skull after getting hit in the head by a line drive. As he contemplates his baseball future, McCarthy is open to wearing a helmet on the mound.

Back on September 5 against the Los Angeles Angels, McCarthy was nailed in the head with a line drive. Since then, McCarthy has continued to make progress in his recovery.

“I’m all in favor of innovation,” McCarthy told Susan Slusser. “And if in 50 years, every pitcher is wearing some sort of soft-shell helmet that looks different, that will be all right. But I don’t want it to be mandatory.”

Before getting injured, McCarthy was one of the Athletics best pitchers. In 18 starts, McCarthy went 8-6 with a 3.24 ERA.

He has expressed optimism that if the team makes the playoffs, he will be able to travel with the team. Though, he would not pitch for them again until next season.

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