Former A's pitcher McCarthy on medication after seizure 

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Brandon McCarthy is taking medication and says he's confident he'll be fine after he collapsed at a restaurant with a seizure related to the head injury he sustained while pitching last September.

The Diamondbacks' right-hander underwent extensive examinations at the Mayo Clinic after the incident Monday. He was having dinner with his wife at a Phoenix restaurant when he passed out.

"It's something you get through," he said. "Now we know a little bit more about it. We know kind of how we'll treated it going forward, so I guess it means it's good to get one out of the way."

McCarthy, speaking before Arizona played the Giants on Sunday, said he knew that after a traumatic brain injury a person can become more "seizure-prone."

"There's always a chance of happening any time you have a bruise on your brain it doesn't actually ever heal, which always kind of leaves you at least somewhat vulnerable to it," he said.

McCarthy, on the 15-day disabled list with what has become an annual problem with his shoulder, said he will be taking anti-seizure medicine for the foreseeable future. He doesn't believe the seizure will impact his return to pitching.

"It's just a new thing to deal with, I guess, but it doesn't change me as a pitcher, what I do and how I go about my business," he said.

While pitching for the A's last Sept. 5, McCarthy sustained what was described at the time as life-threatening injuries when he was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels.

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