09/07/12 10:00 PM ET
Improving McCarthy remains in serious condition
By Josh Liebeskind / MLB.com
McCarthy's injury leaves void in A's clubhouse
SEATTLE -- As the A's continue their season without pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who is hospitalized after being struck with a line drive to the right side of his head on Wednesday, they'll have to do it in tough circumstances."We definitely have some heavy hearts here," manager Bob Melvin said. "I don't think there is a guy on this team that isn't close to Mac." "I think with Mac's situation, we try not to put too much into the small things that are going on in life," pitcher Jarrod Parker said. "Obviously, we know that there's bigger picture and life is life. It's not just baseball, it's everything. We know that there's life beyond baseball. I think a situation like this is really kind of going to teach us about that there's more to it and not put too much into the small things." In terms of baseball, it will be difficult to replace what McCarthy gave to the team. He was one of the lone veterans on the pitching staff and a clubhouse leader. "He's been our leader," Parker said. "Mac's a guy that's taught me, Tommy [Milone], Brett [Anderson] ... a lot of us about how to be a professional. The way he carries himself and the stuff he does off the field in the weight room, in the training room. He's been huge for us to kind of teach us how to prepare as starting pitchers in this league."
A's put No. 2 prospect Straily into rotation
SEATTLE -- The A's recalled rookie Dan Straily from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday to fill the open rotation spot of injured starter Brandon McCarthy's. Manager Bob Melvin said Straily, who was scheduled to start for Sacramento on Friday, will get the nod on Tuesday.It is the second time this season the A's second-ranked prospect has been with the big league club. Straily was 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in three starts in August during his first-career callup. In 25 games with Sacramento and Double-A Midland, Straily is 9-7 with a 2.78 ERA and a Minor League best 190 strikeouts. "I think he's been through all the firsts and knows what it's all about here," Melvin said. "Again, we're not afraid to throw some young pitchers out there. We got a lot of young starters in our rotation right now and he will just add to that mix."
The A's entered Friday with a Major League-leading 75 home runs since the All-Star break, but saw their streak of 11 consecutive games with a homer end on Wednesday. The A's begin a tough stretch on Friday that sees them playing 17 of their next 20 games on the road. Five of the six teams during that span are contending for a playoff spot.
Josh Liebeskind is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.