WASHINGTON -- A day after winning his National League-leading 18th game of the season, Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez's thoughts were on former Athletics teammate Brandon McCarthy, who took Erick Aybar's line drive off his head with two outs in the fourth inning Wednesday. McCarthy suffered an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture.
The A's released a statement saying McCarthy "is alert, awake and resting comfortably" after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure in his head.
"He is one of the biggest-respected guys in baseball. He is one of the guys I looked up to when I was in Oakland. He is unbelievable," Gonzalez said. "When the guy is healthy, he is lights-out. When you see something like that happen to him, I wish him the best. I just hope nothing happened. I hope he is OK. He is one of those guys I wish we could build a shield once in a while. It's just one of those things you dread not to happen. ... I hope he is healthy. I hope he is strong. I hope he bounces back."