PITTSBURGH - Fifth place, the likelihood of 100 losses, no end to this rebuilding in sight.
But it could be worse.
Just ask Cubs outfielder David DeJesus and newly acquired Cubs catcher Anthony Recker - both former teammates of Oakland pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who spent a third night in a Bay Area hospital Saturday being monitored for brain swelling.
McCarthy, the former White Sox pitcher, was back to joking on his Twitter account Saturday, but Oakland medical staff said he remained in a ``life-threatening'' condition from injuries suffered when hit in the side of the head by a line drive this week.
``It's tough to see that happen to good guys,'' DeJesus said. ``You feel for his wife. All she can do is be there for him. I just hope he's OK. I'm praying for him.''
Recker's fiancé has been in touch with McCarthy's wife, the catcher said.
``Things are looking positive, but obviously anything can still happen,'' he said. ``It's just a scary time for them. ... We just wanted to send our best wishes to them, and we're praying for the best and that there are no more complications.''