McCarthy Returns With a Flourish

Michael Chow/USA Today

After Brandon McCarthy took a line drive to the head last Sept. 5, his wife, Amanda, thought his career was over. She admitted as much Wednesday at Salt River Fields. That thought, though, never crossed McCarthy's mind, and he couldn't recall if his wife had ever brought it up to him.

"She might have, and I feel like I probably told her to shut up," McCarthy joked. "It really wasn’t something I was going to hear from anybody else."

McCarthy returned to the mound Wednesday for the first time since that line drive struck his head, causing an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture that required emergency surgery.

In his unofficial D-backs debut, McCarthy pitched two innings and gave up a run on three hits and four...

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