Bassitt needs rest, hopes to pitch again in '15
OAKLAND -- A's right-hander Chris Bassitt, scratched from his Tuesday start against the Angels because of shoulder tightness, fully expects to pitch again this season.
Bassitt did not need an MRI exam, after he was told that he's simply dealing with ordinary discomfort that should subside with extra rest.
"Just discomfort in there and weak," Bassitt said on Tuesday afternoon. "It's the end of the year, everyone's tired, everyone's sore, I'm just a little bit more than normal. We just decided to get it strong again, get it stable again, and then go from there."
Reliever Evan Scribner is also dealing with a shoulder issue and was scheduled to be seen by doctors on Tuesday. Manager Bob Melvin specified the injury as a scapula problem and said, "At the very least, it's going to be a few days."
Scribner faced one batter in Monday's series-opening win against the Angels, striking out Mike Trout, before departing with a team trainer by his side.
• Billy Burns (right wrist) wasn't in the starting lineup Tuesday, sidelined alongside the banged-up Coco Crisp and Sam Fuld, who is still bothered by intermittent back spasms. Melvin hopes to rest Fuld through Thursday's off-day.