OAKLAND – A’s starting pitcher, Chris Bassitt, is expected in the Bay Area later this week after the club declared a “successful” facial surgery at Rush Medical Center in Chicago on Tuesday.
Bassitt, the # 1 starter in the A, made a line drive to Brian Goodwin’s face on August 18 and was immediately rushed to the hospital. The trip was timed to 100.1 mph. After the swelling subsided, an operation was performed.
“This is great news,” said A manager Bob Melvin before the A’s hosted the Seattle Mariners at the Coliseum. “All of the little nuances that we probably knew were in there all went wonderfully. Took out fragments, the whole piece. I think it went exceptionally well and everyone feels great about it. ”
“Chris Bassitt had a successful facial operation with Dr. Peter Revenaugh at Rush Medical Center. Dr. Revenaugh was able to stabilize and plate the tripod fracture with good fixation and remove other small fractures from the incident. Chris is stable and resting comfortably and will have follow-up appointments when he arrives in Oakland. The A’s assume that Bassitt will return to the Bay Area later this week. ”
BULLPEN WOES: Closer Lou Trivino wouldn’t pitch on Tuesday anyway, and with a planned day off on Wednesday, he’ll have two days to think about what went wrong after beating the Giants and on consecutive days Mariners has saved.
“That’s the hard part of the role as there isn’t much room for error,” said Melvin. “Often times you get in on one-run games and not only can you get a bad pitch from time to time, but things can happen that are beyond your control.”
Trivino gave a double home run to LaMonte Wade Jr. in Saturday’s ninth inning against the Giants and then failed to finish Seattle with a 3-2 lead, giving up three runs in the ninth inning.
“I know he really wants to get out of there. We’re not going to use it today, ”said Melvin. “We have a day off tomorrow, but until then it has been as good as anyone else in the American League.
left-handed A.J. Puk fell victim in the defeat to the Giants on Sunday and gave Donovan Solano a pinch home run with two runs in a 2-1 loss to the Giants.
Converting 14 consecutive save opportunities before the last two games, Trivino had a earned run average of 0.84 and kept his opponents at a 0.188 average (21 for 112).
“The guys have a lot of support from our pitching team and it always stays the same,” said Melvin. “It’s easy to support when things are going well. But it’s more important when they aren’t. He will get a lot of support from our boys. ”
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