A's All-Star pitcher Chris Bassitt to start Thursday
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

A's All-Star pitcher Chris Bassitt to start Thursday for first time since getting hit in head

Oakland A's starting pitcher Chris Bassitt will take the mound on Thursday for the first time since being drilled in the head with a line drive, ESPN reported on Tuesday night via the Associated Press.

"This is something that he's been trying to get back to doing from the very beginning," A's manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday. "To me, it's kind of miraculous; but considering it's Chris Bassitt, not so much."

Bassitt was part of a terrifying scene on Aug. 17 when a 100 mph comeback line drive drilled him in the head. The 32-year-old right-hander, who was leading the American League with 12 wins at the time, has been pushing to get back on the mound ever since despite having to be carted off the field and taken to the hospital to receive stitches and facial surgery.

"The doctors made a mistake in telling me that I'm going to be OK in a couple weeks,'' Bassitt told reporters back on Aug. 28. "Obviously, the front office and (Bob Melvin) and those guys are going to do everything to take care of me. But if everything progresses the way it should, I want to be back before the end of the season and, hopefully, I am."

Oakland is currently pushing for a playoff berth, sitting three games out of the second AL wild-card spot currently occupied by the Toronto Blue Jays. Bassitt's return on Thursday will also be the series finale against the Seattle Mariners, which are also three games out of that wild-card spot.

Chelena Goldman grew up on a street where the boys played street hockey and yelling at baseball and football over the radio was a standard -- making life as a sports geek the perfect fit. She believes in dominance on the blue line, good red wine, and the theory that you can never be too overdressed for any occasion. You can find her gabbing away on Twitter at @ChelenaGoldman.

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