Oakland A’s starter Chris Bassitt was hit by a Brian Goodwin comebacker within the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. Bassitt was far away from the sport on a cart, but fell to the bottom and was bleeding. “Chris Bassitt is conscious and aware, and is on his thanks to the hospital,” the A’s said during a statement.
Goodwin’s ball was hit with a 100mph exit velocity. On replay, Bassitt seemed to get hit near his right eye or on the side of his head. after holding a towel to the side of his head for a couple of minutes, the 32-year-old got abreast of his own power and was carted off with A’s trainers and medical staff.
The A’s are playing the second of a four-game series against the White Sox, the team that drafted Bassitt within the 16th round of the 2011 MLB Draft. Burch Smith took over for Bassitt on the mound with the bases loaded and gave up a two-run hit to Andrew Vaughn and a three-run home run to Jake Lamb. Bassitt’s injury occurred almost exactly 40 years after another A’s pitcher was felled by a vicious liner to the face by a White Sox batter.
In 1981, Chicago’s Harold Baines smashed a liner that broke A’s reliever Bo McLaughlin’s left cheekbone and his orbit in five different places during a game at the Coliseum. Ironically, current White Sox manager Tony La Russa was also Chicago’s skipper 40 years ago when Oakland’s McLaughlin was hospitalized after getting hit within the face.