McCarthy agrees to 2-year deal with Diamondbacks

McCarthy agrees to 2-year deal with Diamondbacks
December 11, 2012, 7:30 pm
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2012, file photo, Oakland Athletics' Brandon McCarthy works against the Boston Red Sox during a baseball game in Oakland, Calif. McCarthy reached agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a $15.5 million, two-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because McCarthy's deal was pending a physical. The physical will be especially important for McCarthy, who was Oakland's opening day starter last season. McCarthy was hit in the right side of the head by a line drive off the bat of the Los Angeles Angels' Erick Aybar on Sept. 5. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

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PHOENIX (AP) Right-hander Brandon McCarthy and the Arizona Diamondbacks finalized their deal Tuesday on a $15.5 million, two-year contract.

Oakland's opening day starter last season, McCarthy was hit in the right side of the head by a line drive off the bat of the Los Angeles Angels' Erick Aybar on Sept. 5. The 29-year-old pitcher sustained an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture, then underwent a two-hour surgery.

Last month, the 6-foot-7 McCarthy spent two days undergoing extensive evaluations by renowned concussion expert, Dr. Michael Collins, at the University of Pittsburgh. He was cleared by Collins to begin working out and resuming his regular offseason routine.

McCarthy was 8-6 with a 3.24 ERA last season, his sixth in the majors and second with Oakland. Overall, he is 37-39 with a 4.02 ERA in 153 games with the Chicago White Sox, Texas and Oakland.

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