Brandon McCarthy (head) was cleared for all baseball activities Wednesday after 20 hours of testing.
Wonderful news. McCarthy needed life-saving emergency brain surgery after getting hit in the head by a comebacker in September. But he's now a free agent and should do pretty well for himself on the open market this winter. The 29-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.29 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 43 starts since the beginning of the 2011 season. The A's are known to want him back.