A’s right-hander Chris Bassitt struck on head by line drive
Oakland Athletics right-hander Chris Bassitt was hauled away the field Tuesday night after he was struck on the head by a line drive during the second inning of a 9-0 misfortune to the Chicago White Sox.
With two on and no outs, Bassitt tossed a 89.5 mph cut fastball that Brian Goodwin drove directly back up the center. Bassitt went down on the hill just after he was hit, holding his head, and his colleagues immediately waved to the hole for help.
As players on each side looked on, Bassitt was taken care of by an Oakland coach and other work force before he was helped into the rear of a truck while holding a towel to his face. A’s middle defender Starling Marte had his hands on his head as Bassitt was driven by him.
“Bass is cognizant. He was the whole time,” chief Bob Melvin said. “We don’t think the eye is an issue now. It seemed like it was beneath it. He has a few cuts. They needed to do a few lines. He‘s in a sweep and we’ll find out about possible cracks or whatever tomorrow, or sometime in the evening.”
Melvin took no inquiries during his postgame Zoom meeting with the media, and the A’s made no players accessible.
The 32-year-old Bassitt, who broke into the majors with the White Sox in 2014, is amidst a breakout season for Oakland. He was 12-3 with a 3.06 ERA in 24 beginnings heading into the game, driving the AL in triumphs.
Burch Smith supplanted Bassitt on the hill.
White Sox infielder Jake Lamb, who played with Bassitt last year in Oakland, said it was difficult to think after the play.
“It’s much more than baseball by then,” Lamb said. “It’s a companion, it’s an old partner. Any time you get hit in the head like that, it’s extremely unnerving.”
White Sox pitcher Reynaldo López additionally said he was shaken by what occurred.
“At the point when you see something to that effect, it’s difficult to process in light of the fact that … as a pitcher, we realize that that can occur,” he said through an interpreter. “It resembles, that could happen to me and it’s frightening. Each time you see something to that effect is difficult to swallow.”