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Chris Bassitt to start for White Sox on Saturday

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Righty will be recalled from Birmingham to start the Game 2 of day-night doubleheader

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With the doubleheader against the Tigers on Saturday, the White Sox are expected to call up a pitcher from the minors to make a spot start with the 26th roster spot available on Saturday.  That pitcher appears to be Chris Bassitt.

Bassitt was on the fast track to Chicago during spring training, but a broken hand late in the spring derailed those plans.  larry discussed his return a few weeks ago.  He pitched last year in the Arizona Fall League, and there is some PitchF/X data on him at Brooks Baseball.  He has a mid-90s fastball and sinker with a mid-80s slider and mid-70s curveball.  There isn't a sign of a changeup or offspeed pitch there.  He was pitching out of the bullpen in AFL so the offspeed pitches might have been left out.  Assuming he's here to stay through September, we'll either start to see it, or it will likely be the first thing he works on with Don Cooper.

Earlier this week, Bassitt was named to the one of the White Sox representatives to the Arizona Fall League again this season.

The White Sox roster is currently at 39, so adding him will take the team to 40.