There wasn't much news about Brandon McCarthy on Friday, which in a way might have been good news. But in a series of tweets Friday evening, Susan Slusser made it very clear that we must yet await for good news. Here are some of those tweets, all jammed together:
Athletics trainer Nick Paparesta says McCarthy is still "absolutely" in a life-threatening situation. Paparesta said McCarthy is showing good signs today, though, so there is cautious optimism. Paparesta says that McCarthy has gotten out of bed three times today, has sat in chair, eaten solid food, all great signs. However, doctors tell team that day two and three after epidural hematoma are the most difficult. This is Day 2. Complications can develop.
Paparesta said with an epidural hematoma, the first concern is simply sustaining life, and then you worry about motor-skill function. In days 2-3 after epidural hematoma, it's the first part, sustaining life, that is the concern. This is a very, very serious situation.
Italics: mine. Concerns: mine, and probably yours. With a little luck, we'll all be treated to actual good news by the end of the weekend. In the mean time, all we can do is send our good thoughts McCarthy's way, and perhaps a few spare good wishes toward his teammates. In their ace's absence, the A's will turn to rookie Dan Straily.