The Chicago White Sox had a very nice win over the Oakland A’s on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to celebrate because the health of Chris Bassitt was the primary concern all game long. It didn’t feel right to worry about baseball after his injury forced him to leave the game and be sent away to the hospital. It is scenes like the one we witnessed on Tuesday that puts the game into perspective.
Bassitt is one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball. He is a candidate for the American League Cy Young Award so the White Sox knew that they had their work cut out for them. They were getting something going against him when Yoan Moncada’s hit put runners on first and second with nobody out. After that was where things went wrong.
Brian Goodwin came up to bat with a chance to jump on Bassitt early. Unfortunately, he hit a comebacker right off the head of Bassitt. It was clear right away that he was in serious trouble as he dropped straight to the ground. The trainers and medical staff came out immediately to make sure everything was okay before he was carted off the field.
For the rest of the game, we were left wondering if he was okay. After the game, A’s manager Bob Melvin confirmed that he was conscious, aware, and at the hospital getting worked on. That was great news with all things considered.
The Oakland A’s have kept giving good Chris Bassitt updates since the injury.
On Wednesday morning, we were given more good news involving Bassitt. The ball that struck him in the head at 100 miles per hour did cause facial lacerations. He also was diagnosed with a displaced tripod fracture in his right cheek that will require surgery. An exam of his right eye was normal for his vision and there was no damage to his orbital bone.
He is going to need surgery to correct the fracture but his vision is fine and no further injury from a CT scan is phenomenal news. He was released from Rush Hospital in Chicago. After the way it looked last night on the field, it is great news for him, his family, and the sport of baseball.
Bassitt once was a member of the Chicago White Sox organization. He was a part of that trade that acquired Jeff Samardzija from the A’s while sending Marcus Semien and Chris Bassitt to the A’s. Of course, that was a terrible trade for the White Sox. Bassitt was always a nice person with the White Sox organization and we can only hope that he comes back better than ever. The news today is encouraging.