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.


"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.


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

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