Bassitt will not start Friday's game against Texas, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Instead, Liam Hendriks will serve as the club's "opener," likely lasting an inning or two before turning the ball over to Bassitt or another member of Oakland's bullpen. If Bassitt is called upon to take over, he should be able to eat up a chunk of innings since he hasn't pitched in the last six days.
Bassitt was called up from Triple-A Nashville prior to his expected start against Texas on Friday. As expected, Bassitt rejoined the big-league roster ahead of his outing versus the Rangers, which will mark just his second appearance for Oakland since early July. On the year, he's logged a 3.19 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 28 strikeouts across 36.2 innings (seven starts) for the club.
Bassitt is listed as the starter for Friday's game against the Rangers, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Bassitt will be eligible to rejoin the A's on Thursday after being optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Aug. 27. Daniel Mengden is unavailable to start Friday after working 4.2 innings in relief Tuesday, so Bassitt will slide into the rotation to make a spot start, though it's unclear if the 29-year-old righty will stick in the rotation beyond then. He owns a 3.19 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 28 strikeouts through 36.2 innings (seven starts) with the A's this season.
Bassitt isn't eligible to be recalled from Triple-A Nashville until 10 days after his Aug. 27 demotion to the Sounds due to a clause in the collective bargaining agreement, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The Athletics overlooked the provision -- which requires a team to wait 10 days before recalling a player that's been optioned to the minors, even if the minor-league team's season is over -- and had originally planned on having Bassitt back with them Tuesday. The right-hander could serve in a variety of roles upon his return.
Bassitt was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Monday, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic Bay Area reports. As expected, Bassitt will return to the minors after making a spot start Sunday. He held his own, allowing just one run across 4.2 innings in a no-decision against the Twins, but was ultimately traded out for a fresh bullpen arm (Daniel Mengden). Bassitt owns a solid 3.19 ERA across 36.2 big-league innings (seven starts) this season, so he should be back with the big club once rosters expand in September.
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