Report: Athletics' Chris Bassitt to Undergo Surgery After Being Hit by Line Drive

Adam WellsAugust 18, 2021

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Oakland Athletics pitcher Chris Bassitt will reportedly undergo surgery after being hit in the face by a line drive during Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox. 

Per MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Bassitt's surgery is expected to take place within three to five days after the swelling goes down. 

Bassitt tweeted a message thanking the A's and White Sox, as well as the medical professionals and fans who have offered their support:

Chris Bassitt @C_Bass419

From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank the <a href="https://twitter.com/whitesox?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@whitesox</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/Athletics?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Athletics</a> staff, front offices, and owners. The support my family and I’ve received has been overwhelming. I’d also like to thank Rush University Medical Center and their staff. God is good. Can’t wait to get back!

A's trainer Nick Paparesta told reporters on Wednesday that Aug. 24 is the target date for Bassitt to undergo surgery on his cheekbones, and the right-hander could potentially return to physical activity 10 days after the procedure. 

Paparesta did note the Athletics will take things "week-to-week" with Bassitt's recovery and return.

ESPN's Jeff Passan added that there was no damage to Bassitt's eye.

The injury occurred in the bottom of the second inning when Brian Goodwin hit a comebacker that caromed off the side of Bassitt's head. Jason Owens of Yahoo Sports noted the ball came off Goodwin's bat at 100.1 mph. 

Bassitt fell to the ground when Oakland's medical staff came out. He remained on the ground for several minutes before being carted off the field.. 

The A's public relations staff announced on Twitter that Bassitt was "conscious and aware" as he was being transported to the hospital. 

Oakland manager Bob Melvin told reporters after the game that the medical staff believes the ball hit Bassitt below the eye. 

"He's got some cuts and used some stitches," Melvin added. "He's in a scan and we'll know about potential fractures tomorrow or later tonight.”

Bassitt began his professional career with the White Sox. He made his MLB debut for Chicago in 2014 before being traded to Oakland in December 2014. 

The 32-year-old leads the American League with 12 wins and 151 innings pitched this season.     


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