OAKLAND -- The way Brandon McCarthy fell to the ground after getting hit on the right knee by Endy Chavez's line drive in the fourth inning of Friday night's game made it appear as though he was seriously injured.
That the ball caromed down the right-field line into the Rangers' bullpen seemed to emphasize that.
"Actually, I didn't know I had been hit by the ball until later," McCarthy said. "My back locked up and I was fighting a spasm at the time. That's why I went down. It was only when I tried to sit up that I realized I had been creamed."
McCarthy left the game at that point and walked off, with a slight limp, under his own power.
"It's a little sore," said McCarthy, who went through his regular pregame routine to test the right knee.