Editor's Note: The above video is from April 27, 2016.
The A’s announced that right-hander Chris Bassitt will have season-ending Tommy John surgery on his elbow Friday.
Bassitt was anticipating needing the surgery after a previous MRI revealed a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. He visited Cincinnati-based specialist Dr. Timothy Kremchek on Thursday, who confirmed that surgery was the best route to go. Bassitt becomes the second starter the A’s have lost to the season-ending procedure. Lefty Felix Doubront had Tommy John surgery in early April, after hurting his elbow in his final exhibition start.
Bassitt was 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA and .294 opponents batting average in five starts with the A’s. He allowed a career-high seven runs on a career-high 10 hits in just 3.2 innings April 28 in a start and loss at Detroit and went on the disabled list the next day. Bassitt did not have a decision over his first three starts, logging a 2.79 ERA, but is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA over his last two starts.