A's P Chris Bassitt hospitalized after taking 100-mph line drive to his face

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Oakland A's starting pitcher Chris Bassitt was taken off the field on a cart on Tuesday after being hit in the face with a 100-mph line drive. 

The incident occurred in the second inning of Oakland's game at the Chicago White Sox. Chicago outfielder Brian Goodwin hit a 100.1-mph comebacker off a Bassitt pitch that hit the A's starter on the right side of his face. Bassitt immediately fell to the ground, bleeding on the mound.

Video of the incident can be seen here. Be warned, it is violent.

Play stopped as trainers attended to Bassitt while stunned players and fans watched the scene unfold.

Aug 17, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy (12) checks on starting pitcher Chris Bassitt (40) who covers his face after being hit by a ball hit by Chicago White Sox left fielder Brian Goodwin during the second inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
The A's announced that Chris Bassitt was conscious while en route to a local hospital. (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters)
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Bob Melvin provides postgame update

Bassitt eventually left the field on a cart. The A's later announced that Bassitt was "conscious and aware" while en route to a hospital. After the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Bassitt never lost consciousness and that the team was still awaiting test results.

"Bass is conscious," Melvin said, per The San Francisco Chronicle. "He was the entire time. We don’t think the eye is a problem at this point. It felt like it was below it. He’s got some cuts. 

"They had to do some stitches. He’s in a scan, and we'll know more about potential fractures tomorrow or later tonight."

Melvin didn't take questions after providing his update on Bassitt. The White Sox won the game, 9-0.

The A's released an update on Bassitt's condition on Wednesday, revealing that he did get some stitches, but has been released from the hospital following a CT scan. 

"Chris was released from Rush University Medical Center last night. He received stitches for two facial lacerations and was diagnosed with a displaced tripod fracture in his right cheek that will require surgery. An exam of his right eye was normal for vision and no other damage is currently noted in the eye or in the orbital bone. In addition, a head CT scan revealed no further injury. We are grateful to the White Sox, their medical staff, and the doctors and nurses at Rush for their excellent care. We'll have more information on Chris as it becomes available."

Bassitt later provided his own update on Twitter.

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Bassitt is Oakland's best pitcher this season, with a a 3.06 ERA and 12-3 record entering Tuesday's game. The 32-year-old made his first All-Star team in July.

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