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."