Bassitt feels strong in return to rotation

Bassitt feels strong in return to rotation

CHICAGO -- Although the season is winding down for many of the White Sox players, business is just starting to pick up for rookie right-hander Chris Bassitt. Bassitt will make his second big league start and third appearance for the White Sox on Wednesday against the A's, and after an approximately 10-day break, will join the Glendale Desert Dogs on Oct. 7 for his second stint as part of the Arizona Fall League.

Bassitt broke his right hand in what he describes as a non-baseball-related incident, an injury that set back his start to the 2014 season. He made three appearances for the Arizona Rookie League White Sox before his season debut with Double-A Birmingham at the end of July. He has thrown just 50 2/3 innings entering Wednesday, after throwing 149 last year, so he feels ready for more as the season winds down.

"I'm midseason right now. I don't feel like September," Bassitt said. "I'm a lot more advanced right now than everyone else with how my body feels, so I need to put up a little better results. I don't have the excuse, 'Hey, I'm tired.' Everyone knows I'm not tired.

"That's another reason I'm looking forward to Fall League. Last year I was really worn down. It was really hard for me to work on things last year in the Fall League because I was so tired, and my mechanics were messed up because I was physically exhausted. This year I'm really going in there excited about everything I need to work. I know what I need to work. But not only that, I feel good enough to get out what I need to get out of the Fall League."

Being part of the White Sox already has taught Bassitt one valuable lesson: Getting hitters out in the Majors is different from the Minors.

"It's more coming here and realizing what you need to work on," he said. "There are a lot of things I got away with in Double-A just because I overmatched a lot of people."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.