Brandon McCarthy hit in head by line drive, taken to hospital

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Scary moment in the A’s-Angels game, as Oakland starter Brandon McCarthy was hit on the right side of his head by an Erick Aybar line drive.

McCarthy immediately went down and his arms and legs seemed to go limp, but he remained conscious and sat up while talking to the training staff for several minutes before eventually being able to walk off the field under his own power.

UPDATE: Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that McCarthy has been taken to a local hospital “for precautionary reasons.”

MLB.com has video of the play, but be warned that it’s tough to watch/hear:

Dominic Smith likely to start the season at Triple-A

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Following the Mets’ recent signing of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that fellow first baseman Dominic Smith is likely to start the season with Triple-A Las Vegas. That is contingent, of course, on the veteran Gonzalez’s ability to remain healthy, which isn’t a guarantee.

Smith, 22, struggled last season, batting .198/.262/.395 in 183 plate appearances. The Mets have also expressed concern about Smith’s conditioning. Puma reported in November that as a result of better dietary choices and a daily exercise regimen, Smith had already lost 11-12 pounds.

Gonzalez, 35, didn’t exactly have a stellar 2017 campaign. Along with battling back issues, Gonzalez hit .242/.287/.355 in 252 PA. That the Mets’ Plan A is to go with Gonzalez over Smith says something about their confidence in Smith.