The Oakland A’s announced some good news regarding pitcher Chris Bassitt.
Bassitt underwent successful facial surgery on Tuesday in Chicago and is expected to leave the hospital and return to the Bay Area later this week, the team said in a statement.
The 32-year-old Bassitt took a 100-mph line drive off of his right cheek last week in a game against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, which resulted in a facial fracture.
The right-hander collapsed on the mound and had to leave the game via a cart as trainers held blood-soaked towels to his face.
The A’s have previously said they expect Bassitt to take six weeks to recover, which would eliminate him from pitching again in the regular season.
Oakland is in the midst of a playoff race, entering Tuesday one game behind the Red Sox for the second wild-card spot and 3.5 games behind the Astros in the NL West.
Bassitt, who appeared in his first career All-Star Game this year, is 12-4 with a 3.22 ERA and 1.05 WHIP but it is still unclear if he will be an option to pitch in the postseason.