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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Chris Bassitt hospitalized after getting hit in head by line drive; pitcher reportedly has facial fractures

A scary moment took place in Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday night. In the bottom of the second inning, White Sox batter Brian Goodwin sent a rocket toward the mound and Oakland Athletics starter Chris Bassitt got hit with it in the side of the head.

The line drive was 100.1 miles per hour off the bat and it didn’t appear Bassitt got a glove on it. It wasn’t a glancing blow, either. It just struck Bassitt squarely on the right side of the face, possibly in the upper cheek area, hopefully not too close to his eye. 

In the smallest of small reliefs, it doesn’t appear that Bassitt lost consciousness. He was moving around, though not much and he never removed the towel from his head and/or face.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2021 at 11:30 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. For the Turnstiles (andeux) Posted: August 18, 2021 at 02:31 PM (#6034901)
Fractured cheek bones that will require surgery, but no loss of vision in the eye or anything abnormal on the CT scan.
   2. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: August 18, 2021 at 07:06 PM (#6034994)
It was hideous to see. He went down immediately and blood was gushing.
   3. The Honorable Ardo Posted: August 18, 2021 at 10:33 PM (#6035051)
He turned his head just in time. It was as bad as I've ever seen, but he took it off the jawbone and avoided far worse.
   4. GregD Posted: August 19, 2021 at 12:43 PM (#6035130)
Unimaginable and unbearable. Bassitt such a great pitcher and a great story.

In 1981 I saw Bo McLaughlin get hit on the head by a line drive (looked up and was from Harold Baines) at the Coliseum. Think that was worse? I was younger so hard to compare. I remember my father, an emergency room doctor, was concerned (from the stands) that he was dead and he did not seem to be moving on the stretcher. Wikipedia says the hospital staff was concerned he wouldn't survive the night; I'm not sure how concrete that is.

I remember Billy Martin saying after that all he could think about was Herb Score. Billy was maybe on deck or in the hole when that happened? I don't know if people thought Score was going to die or not. I remember the detail that Gil McD didn't run to first but ran straight to the pitchers' mound, which is a pretty crazy thing to contemplate when you consider how routinized baseball players have to be.

That said, Bassitt's hit was about as terrible as anything you could imagine seeing. Maybe it was even worse and I'm just more jaded 40 years later.
   5. Ron J Posted: August 19, 2021 at 01:13 PM (#6035139)
No interest in seeing this one or scoring it compared to a few others I have seen in hockey. Just glad it seems to have worked out as well as can be expected.
   6. It's regretful that PASTE was able to get out Posted: August 19, 2021 at 10:22 PM (#6035247)
In Little League I got lazy during pregame warmups and got hit right under the eye with a fastball from the hardest thrower on my Podunk Little League team. So that would be, what, 60 MPH maybe? And it put three fractures in my face.

Taking one in just about that same spot at 100 MPH is unthinkable.

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