Chris Bassitt rode a strong showing in 2015 into the 2016 campaign, where he was given the chance to be a full-time member of the big league rotation. Things started off well enough, as he held a 2.79 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP through three starts. However, the wheels came off in the ensuing two starts, as the right-hander proceeded to allow 13 runs (all earned) on 19 hits (including three home runs) over that span. His season took an even bigger turn for the worse after his final April start, as it was discovered that he had injured his elbow severely enough to require Tommy John surgery. With that procedure taking place in May, Bassitt will likely be out of contention for a rotation spot at least until the second half of the 2017 season. Getting back into the rotation could be a tall task now that higher-upside arms like Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton are stepping into the rotation, and with Frankie Montas knocking at the door as well.
Bassitt (elbow) threw another successful 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, John Hickey of The East Bay Times reports. Bassitt was able to do the same in a session the prior Tuesday as he continues his recovery from last year's Tommy John surgery. The 28-year-old right-hander "was able to throw all his pitches" according to manager Bob Melvin, with the successful session ostensibly bringing him one step closer to a return to game action.
Manager Bob Melvin raved about how Bassitt (elbow) looked in a 30-pitch bullpen session, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Bassitt has been throwing off a mound since mid-February, and he appears to be progressing well in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. The 28-year-old is continuing to ramp up his workload and could be scheduled to pitch live BP in the near future if all proceeds as planned.
Bassitt (elbow) is expected to be allowed to throw curveballs in his next bullpen session, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports. The right-hander began throwing off a mound in mid-February, and it seems like all has gone well as he continues on the long road to recovery from Tommy John surgery. If all goes well with this upcoming session, he could be ramped up to live BP sessions in the near future, although Bassitt's timeline should become clearer as he progresses further in his rehab process.
Bassitt (elbow) is using his recovery from Tommy John surgery to revamp his mechanics, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Bassitt had Tommy John surgery last May, and he said that during his recovery he is also revamping his mechanics, which he said were a disaster. He posted a 6.11 ERA across 28 innings before his injury last year, so we will see is his revamped mechanics and a healthy elbow can help him post better numbers when he rejoins the A's later in 2017.
Bassitt (elbow) threw 20 pitches off the mound on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Bassitt had Tommy John surgery in May 2016 and looks to be on track with his recovery from the procedure. Bassitt was solid for the A's in 2015 (3.56 ERA in 86 innings), but struggled badly before his injury in 2016, posting a 6.11 ERA in 28 innings. He will likely be shooting to rejoin the A's in the second half of the 2017 season.