A’s pitcher McCarthy hit in head by line drive

Oakland A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy was forced to leave Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Angels after he was struck on the right side of his head by a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar.

McCarthy was taken to a local hospital and the team later released a statement saying McCarthy was “conscious and doing well.” The doctors at Summit Hospital requested that he stay overnight for observation.

The right-hander was hit just above his right ear by the fourth-inning shot. He fell to the ground but did not lose consciousness, the A’s said. After sitting up for several minutes near the pitcher’s mound at Oakland Coliseum, he walked off the field under his own power.

The ball caromed off McCarthy’s head toward A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson, who threw out Aybar.

Left-hander Travis Blackley, who got Alberto Callaspo to fly out to end the inning, replaced McCarthy. The Angels were leading at the time 3-1 and went on to win 7-1 to earn a three-game series sweep.

The A’s fly to Seattle Thursday afternoon and the team announced McCarthy would not be traveling with the team.