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Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt is in the hospital after taking a 100-mph line drive to his face.
The terrifying incident occurred during the second inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night when Chicago outfielder Brian Goodwin hit a line drive directly back at Bassitt. Immediately after being hit, Bassitt fell to the ground and clinched his face in agonizing pain. He eventually had to be carted off the field.
Be warned: the video of the incident might be difficult for some to watch.
— El Extrabase ⚾️ (@ElExtrabase) August 18, 2021
A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt was carted off the field after being hit by a line drive.
Hope he’s OK 🙏
— B/R Walk-Off (@BRWalkoff) August 18, 2021
The A’s eventually provided an update on Bassitt via the PR department on Twitter, saying that the starting pitcher was “conscious and aware” while on his way to the hospital.
Chris Bassitt is conscious and aware, and is on his way to the hospital. We will provide additional information when possible.
— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) August 18, 2021
After the game, team manager Bob Melvin had this to say, per The San Francisco Chronicle:
“Bass is conscious. He was the entire time. We don’t think the eye is a problem at this point. It felt like it was below it. He’s got some cuts. They had to do some stitches. He’s in a scan, and we’ll know more about potential fractures tomorrow or later tonight.”
Hopefully Bassitt doesn’t have any long-term issues. We wish him a full and speedy recovery.
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