Chris Bassitt talks with the media regarding his injury and his progress with the media on Aug 28, 2021 at the Oakland Coliseum. Bassitt makes his pitching debut today since his injury on Aug 17, 2021 (AP News photo)
On the A’s podcast with Jeremiah:
#1 It’s hard to believe that Oakland A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt returning today to his pitching duties the A’s number starter has recovered from not only being hit in the face by a traveling baseball at the speed of a bullet and under going cheek surgery and returning four weeks since the Aug 24th surgery.
#2 Bassitt said this week that he had a number of boxes that needed to be checked off in order for him to comeback and one of them was his balance, eyesight, and ability to function normally and that was one of the biggest boxes checked off for Bassitt.
#3 What’s additionally incredible is Bassitt was able to throw two and half weeks after having surgery. Bassitt who has thrown three bullpen sessions and two simulated innings against live hitting he impressed manager Bob Melvin to the point that Bassitt got scheduled for today’s game.
#4 The A’s have ten games left and are trailing in the AL Wild Card race by three games with Boston, Toronto and New York red hot ahead of the Athletics at this stage of the season a Wild Card birth looks like a long reach.
#5 Game four today at the Oakland Coliseum as the Mariners will start Yusei Kikuchi (7-9 ERA 4.32) and the A’s will go with Chris Bassitt (12-4 ERA 3.22) first pitch today 12:37 pm PDT