Bassitt falls out of rotation race, optioned to Triple-A Nashville

Bassitt falls out of rotation race, optioned to Triple-A Nashville

MESA, Ariz. -- Right-hander Chris Bassitt, whose bid for a starting rotation spot was spoiled by a handful of spotty outings this spring, was optioned with outfielder Alex Hassan to Triple-A Nashville on Sunday.

"It was going to be somebody, and as far as depth goes, we always want one or two guys ready to go, and that's the message we gave Chris," said manager Bob Melvin. "We did go over some things we thought he needed to work on. He was a little disappointed in his performance, but we certainly know what he has to offer. My guess is he will be a factor at some point for us this year."

"I was expecting it," said Bassitt, who had an 8.78 ERA in five Cactus League outings. "Obviously there's a lot of really good talent in here, and obviously I was as bad as I possibly could be."

Though perhaps overly harsh on himself, Bassitt did often showcase the potential that led the A's to have him included as part of the Jeff Samardzija deal with the White Sox, impressing with his curveball and a deceptive sinking fastball. Bassitt's changeup, though, needs grooming, and successfully throwing inside to left-handed hitters remains his biggest focus.

"That, and getting them out any way possible," said Bassitt. "I made progress, but at the same time, I need to go get innings and go get right, basically.

"Ask anyone with the White Sox. Spring Training is not my best thing. But I didn't perform, and that's all it was. I'll go down and get it ironed out, and see you soon."

Hassan, claimed off waivers from Baltimore on Feb. 27, hit .444 but in just nine games with the A's, having been limited by a right hamstring strain.

Infielders Andy Parrino and Max Muncy, and catcher Luke Carlin, were also reassigned to Minor League camp.

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