A’s issue encouraging update on Chris Bassitt

The A’s offered an encouraging update on Chris Bassitt’s status Wednesday morning, after the ace was hit in the face by a 100 mph comebacker in Tuesday’s 9-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Here is the team statement, in full:

“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 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.”

The stadium fell silent once Bassitt went collapsed on Tuesday and it looked like it could have been very bad. But it’s great to hear that he was conscious last night and appears to have avoided eye and further head damage. The swelling and the broken face will surely be no fun, but baseball insider Jon Heyman reported Bassitt will undergo surgery in 3-5 days

This seems like the best-case scenario for Bassitt, whose agents also issued a statement thanking the White Sox and A’s for their care following Tuesday’s harrowing play.

Throughout the night on Tuesday, players from around the league offered their support for Bassitt, including Brian Goodwin, who hit the line drive that drilled the A’s right-hander.

The White Sox and A’s — including Daulton Jefferies, who will likely replace Bassitt in the rotation — and other players/alumni also rallied around Bassitt Tuesday night via Twitter.

Nothing but the best for C-Bass, who became one of baseball’s best pitchers this season and a huge team leader for the A’s. I just hope he gets the chance to walk through those clubhouse doors again this season to hug his teammates, or step out on the field at the Coliseum to be recognized by fans.