Bassitt (elbow) was activated from the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday. Although he was deemed healthy enough to return from the disabled list, the Athletics thought it would be good to get him some more work in the minor leagues before returning to Oakland. To clear space for him on the 40-man roster, Bobby Wahl (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Bassitt (elbow) has allowed just one hit over 2.2 innings in his last two rehab outings for Triple-A Nashville while also recording three strikeouts. The pair of impressive appearances come on the heels of back-to-back outings where Bassitt gave up four earned runs apiece on a combined 11 hits over 3.1 innings. The 28-year-old right-hander could be on the verge of a return to the majors, where he's projected to work as a reliever for the balance of the 2017 campaign.
Bassitt (elbow) will make his next rehab appearance Sunday for Triple-A Nashville, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Bassitt took a beating his last time out for Nashville, as he failed to complete even two innings. This time, he's shooting for three innings and 45 pitches. If the Athletics choose to add Bassitt to their major-league roster following his rehab, expect him to serve as a long reliever in the bullpen.
Bassit (elbow) was rocked for four runs on six hits over 1.1 innings Wednesday night for High-A Stockton, Zack Bayrouty of the Stockton Ports reports. Bassitt was singled to death, as none of the six hits he allowed went for extra bases. He was pounding the zone and just catching too much of it. Bassit threw 21 strikes in just 29 pitches, but just couldn't find a way out of the second inning. He remains on pace for a late-July return, likely in a relief role.
Bassitt (elbow) is likely to return to the Athletics as a reliever, Joe Stiglich of NBC Sports California reports. Bassitt hasn't appeared at all in 2017, and the Athletics are concerned that he won't have enough time to stretch out as a starter. He has averaged as high as 93.0 mph with his fastball out of the rotation, so it's possible he could really bring the heat in a relief role. Bassitt is currently on a rehab assignment and will likely return a week or two after the All-Star break concludes.
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