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Oakland A's pitcher Chris Bassitt carted off field after taking line drive to head

Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Oakland Athletics ace Chris Bassitt was transported to a local hospital after taking a line drive to his head during Tuesday night's game against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.

The A's said in a statement that Bassitt was "conscious and aware" after the incident, which occurred in the second inning of the contest.

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"Chris Bassitt is conscious and aware, and is on his way to the hospital," the team said. "We will provide additional information when possible."

Facing a 1-1 count, White Sox center fielder Brian Goodwin made contact on an 89-mph cutter and hit a 100-mph comebacker toward Bassitt, who was unable to get his glove up to block the ball.

The 32-year-old Bassitt immediately collapsed to the ground after being struck, with teammates and the club's training staff rushing to his aid. He remained down for several minutes as a trainer held a towel to his head due to the blood.

Bassitt was eventually helped onto a golf cart and transported off the field. A's reliever Burch Smith replaced him in the game.

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Bassitt, a first-time MLB All-Star in 2021, has a 12-3 record and 3.06 ERA this season.

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