Chris Bassitt looking to get in on A’s starting rotation battle

MESA, Ariz. — The A’s return to spring training with the final three spots in the starting rotation completely up in the air. Jharel Cotton, Daniel Mengden, Paul Blackburn, Andrew Triggs, and Daniel Gossett are the expected competitors, but one forgotten A is looking to add his name to the bunch.

Not too long ago, Chris Bassitt found himself in the A’s rotation. Bassitt pitched in 18 games in 2015, 13 of which were starts, and posted a 3.56 ERA. He earned a starting job out of spring training in 2016, but after a poor first five starts that saw him get pummeled to the tune of a 6.11 ERA, Bassitt revealed discomfort in his right elbow.

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Bassitt was sent to meet with Dr. Timothy Kremchek in Cincinnati. After consultation, it was determined that Bassitt would need to undergo Tommy John surgery.

He was shelved for the rest of the season. 12 months later, Bassitt returned to the minor leagues in May of last season. Bassitt spent the majority of his time at Single-A and Triple-A as a relief pitcher. While he had pitched out of the bullpen in 2015 for the A’s, something about his bullpen experience this time around was a little off.

“I liked it, but at the same time it was so different. Last year was so different because I didn’t know who was showing up to the ballpark day to day,” Bassitt said. “I didn’t know if I was the guy who was gonna be throwing 93-95 or 86-87. I couldn’t tell until I was kind of out there throwing. And then it was such a mental battle out there all year, feeling the ups and downs and everything.”

Things did not go so well for Bassitt in the minors. He posted a 5.33 ERA in 24 appearances, and the A’s decided to shut him …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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