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Oakland Athletics’ Chris Bassitt needs surgery for jaw, cheekbone

Aug 17, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; (EDITORS NOTE: graphic content) Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt (40) covers his face after being hit by a ball hit by Chicago White Sox left fielder Brian Goodwin during the second inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 17, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; (EDITORS NOTE: graphic content) Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt (40) covers his face after being hit by a ball hit by Chicago White Sox left fielder Brian Goodwin during the second inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Athletics All-Star pitcher Chris Bassitt is recovering in a Chicago-area hospital from multiple facial fractures incurred when he was hit in the head by a line drive in Tuesday’s game against the White Sox.

Bassitt’s vision is normal, according to multiple reports.

Multiple reports Wednesday indicated Bassitt is headed for surgery this week, but doctors will wait for swelling to go down. He suffered “a fractured cheekbone and maxilla (upper jawbone),” per MLB Network.

Bassitt was taken off the field in the second inning after being struck in the head by a line drive. He was accompanied by his wife at the hospital.

A’s manager Bob Melvin said postgame, “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.”

With runners on first and second and no outs, Chicago’s Brian Goodwin lined a 1-1 pitch up the middle. The ball sharply struck Bassitt, whose momentum had taken him toward first base after delivering the pitch.

Bassitt went to the ground as the Oakland training staff tended to him, helping apply towels to the pitcher’s bloodied face. Bassitt was carted off the field as his shaken teammates looked on, many having taken a knee or held their hands in a prayerful gesture.

“Chris Bassitt is conscious and aware, and is on his way to the hospital,” the Athletics said midgame on Twitter.

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