Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt, shown June 25, 2019, suffered a right cheek fracture and two facial lacerations after being struck by a line drive during Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo
Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Oakland Athletics star pitcher Chris Bassitt sustained a right cheek fracture that will require surgery after he was struck in the face by a line drive during Tuesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.
The A's released a statement Wednesday saying Bassitt was discharged from Rush University Medical Center, where he received stitches for two facial lacerations. The ace also had a displaced tripod fracture in his right cheek.
The team said Bassitt's vision is unaffected, and no additional eye or head injuries were discovered. According to the club, he was released from the Chicago hospital Tuesday night.
"We are grateful to the White Sox, their medical staff, and the doctors and nurses at Rush for their excellent care," the A's said in a news release. "We'll have more information on Chris as it becomes available."
Later Wednesday, Bassitt posted a thank-you tweet and said he "can't wait to get back!"
Bassitt has displayed no signs of a concussion and a scan of his brain came back normal, though the veteran right-hander can't remember everything that occurred during the incident.
"We're all incredibly grateful that Chris is doing as well as he is today," A's general manager David Forst said. "We're thinking about everything that the team went through [Tuesday] night.
"Chris had incredible care from the second [team trainer] Nick [Paparesta] reached him on the mound, to everybody at the stadium, and the ambulance, the hospital. We're very grateful for the care that he got."
Forst noted that it was too soon to determine whether Bassitt will pitch again this season. According to Paparesta, six weeks is a typical healing time for such an injury.
Bassitt was carted off the field in the second inning of Tuesday's game against the White Sox after he was hit in the face by a ball that came off the bat of center fielder Brian Goodwin at 100.1 mph. Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Bassitt never lost consciousness during the incident.
The 32-year-old Bassitt has a 12-4 record and 3.22 ERA this season. He earned his first MLB All-Star selection this summer.
The A's placed Bassitt on the 10-day injured list due to the facial fracture. In a corresponding roster move, the club called up Paul Blackburn from Triple-A Las Vegas.