The Oakland A's got the worst-case scenario news on injured right-hander Chris Bassitt. The A's starter will undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday after sustaining a partial tear in his UCL. Bassitt landed on the DL last week with a sprained right elbow. He will be out for at least 12 months.
Bassitt is the second pitcher from the projected A's Opening Day starting rotation to be lost to Tommy John surgery this season. Felix Doubront left his final spring training start with elbow pain and had Tommy John surgery during the second week of the season.
Bassitt was acquired by the A's from the Chicago White Sox before the 2015 season in the deal that sent Jeff Samardzija to Chicago. Bassitt split last season between Triple-A and the big leagues. He had a 3.65 ERA and 70 strike-outs in 69 innings for Nashville and a 3.56 ERA and 64 strike-outs in 86 innings for the A's. He missed time late in the season with shoulder soreness. In five starts for the A's this season, Bassitt had a 6.11 ERA, although 13 of the 19 earned runs he allowed came in his last two outings, when he was feeling the effects of the injury more acutely.