Chris Bassitt's facial surgery goes 'exceptionally well;' A's optimistic

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The positive updates on Chris Bassitt continue to come in.

The Athletics starter underwent successful facial surgery on Tuesday at Rush Medical Center in Chicago. Plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Revenaugh performed the surgery.

The A’s announced Dr. Revenaugh “was able to stabilize and plate the tripod fracture with good fixation and debride other small fractured bones from the incident.”

The A’s also say Bassitt is stable and resting comfortably and will have follow-up appointments after he returns to Oakland with the anticipation of his return to the Bay Area coming later this week.

A’s manager Bob Melvin offered the latest update on Bassitt on Tuesday.

“Very successful, so that is great news,” Melvin told reporters (h/t AP’s Janie McCauley). "All the little nuance things that we probably knew about in there all went beautifully, took out fragments, the whole bit. I think it went exceptionally well and everybody feels great about that.”

Bassitt was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Chicago White Sox outfielder Brian Goodwin on Aug. 17. He landed on the A’s Injured List with facial fractures and had roughly 15-16 stitches after dealing with some lacerations. A’s head trainer Nick Paparesta said those suture openings would be used in the actual surgery to hopefully aid the healing process.

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On Sunday, Paparesta said Bassitt’s swelling had gone down significantly and his vision was improving each day, and depending on what the surgeon says, Bassitt could return to Oakland as early as 48 to 72 hours post-surgery.

Paparesta added Bassitt will be “slow to go” at first in regard to his return to physical activity. The All-Star undoubtedly is itching to return to the mound to help the A's secure a playoff spot, but it seems unlikely he will toe the rubber again this season.