OAKLAND, Calif. – Oakland Athletics right-hander Chris Bassitt is ready to return to the mound, after just over five weeks of being hospitalized when he was hit in the head by a 100 mph line.
Oakland manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that Bassitt will come off the disabled list and open the final game of the series at home against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday in a matchup of American League wild-card contenders.
“This is something he’s been trying to do again from the beginning,” Melvin said. “It’s miraculous to me, but considering it’s Chris Bassitt, not so much.”
Bassitt led the American League with 12 wins when he was hit Aug. 17 in Chicago by a line from Brian Goodwin of the Chicago White Sox.
This does not look good.@Athletics Chris Bassitt left tonight’s game against the @whitesox aftet being hit in the head by a line drive. This is not easy to watch and I hope Bassitt is ok! #Athletics #WhiteSox #MLB #ChangeTheGame pic.twitter.com/1SWOOgxkvQ
– Kenny The Sports Guy Podcast (@kenny_sports) August 18, 2021
Bassitt, 32, was taken from the field and taken to a hospital. He received stitches for cuts to his face and underwent surgery for a fracture in his right cheek.
Bassitt is 12-4 with a 3.22 ERA this year.