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Outfielder Jonny Gomes had an A's batting helmet signed by all of McCarthy's teammates with "heads up" written on the bill for the pitcher.
Upon being discharged from the hospital, McCarthy said he hopes to return to the mound. Blevins said everyone shook McCarthy's hand and gave him a hug after players made their way inside following batting practice before the series opener with the Baltimore Orioles.
"There was an overall cheer, I would assume, from all of us," Blevins said. "Everybody just kind of waited their turn and people got to talk to him."
McCarthy will remain in the Bay Area for three weeks. He is 8-6 with a 3.24 ERA this year in his sixth big league season and second with the A's. He went 9-9 with a 3.32 ERA last season.
"He looks normal, he's just got a buzzed head and a cool scar," Blevins said. "He looks a lot tougher than he did."
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