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A’s ace Chris Bassitt returns from injured list after being hit in face by line drive in August

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The Oakland Athletics welcomed again All-Star pitcher Chris Bassitt on Thursday, activating him from the injured listing only a month after he was struck in the face by a line drive on Aug. 17. That incident necessitated surgical procedure to restore facial fractures.

Bassitt threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Monday, his fourth time throwing off a mound because the surgical procedure. Over the weekend Bassitt even threw two simulated innings with no display screen. It is unclear how the A’s intend to make use of him over the following week-plus, and maybe into the postseason, ought to they discover a method in, however aid work appears likeliest.

“That is one thing we have to discuss,” A’s manager Bob Melvin told Shayna Rubin on Monday. “How lengthy we predict he can go and whether or not or not it must be in a beginning position or popping out of the bullpen.”

Given the lengthy layoff and the actual fact the A’s solely have 10 video games remaining, there is not sufficient time to stretch Bassitt out to begin. He was their greatest starter previous to the harm, but when there’s not sufficient time to stretch him out, then there’s not sufficient time to stretch him out. Bassitt could make a better influence pitching extra steadily as a brief reliever.

The A’s arguably have a extra urgent want within the bullpen anyway. They’ve skilled far too many late-inning meltdowns recently. The sort of meltdowns that value them wins and pushed them exterior the postseason image. The rotation hasn’t been nice the previous few weeks (4.47 ERA since Bassitt’s harm) however the bullpen has been wretched. Bassitt would positively assist there.

Bassitt, 32, had a 3.22 ERA in 151 innings previous to the harm. He has some big-league bullpen expertise, so it would not be a completely new position for him. Both method, getting Bassitt again on the mound would assist the A’s throughout their postseason push. And if nothing else, his return could be a beautiful feel-good story following such a scary harm.

The Athletics come into Thursday 3 1/2 video games behind the Yankees for the second American League wild card spot. Here’s the up-to-date playoff picture.

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