- Doug Padilla, Chicago White Sox beat reporter
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CHICAGO -- Pitching prospect Chris Bassitt will get an early jump on being a September roster addition when he makes his major league debut in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Thursday that Bassitt will get the opportunity straight out of Double-A, where he was 3-1 this season with a 1.56 ERA over six starts. He missed nearly four months of the season with a broken right hand, which was a non-baseball injury.
The right-hander, who is an Ohio native and University of Akron alum, was an 11th-round draft pick of the White Sox in 2011. He made his first appearance at the Double-A level last season, helping Birmingham to the Southern League championship. He complements a two-seam fastball and a sinker with a slider he refined during spring training this year.
"I did see him in spring training, and he had a live arm," Ventura said. "You look at him, just size-wise and how it comes out of his hand. It's an intriguing pitcher. We were impressed with him then. It was fun watching him in spring training. Now you get a chance to see him up here against some good hitters."
The 25-year-old was named pitcher of the week in the Southern League earlier this month after striking out 11 in a victory over Huntsville.
Bassitt will be the extra 26th man on the White Sox roster, an addition allowed for split doubleheaders. He will come off the roster after his start Saturday but is expected to be added again when rosters expand Monday for the remainder of the season.
"He'll have some chances to pitch [in September]," Ventura said. "I think these guys that come up, I don't think it's good for them just to come up and necessarily just be around. You want them to play, you want them to get acclimated and see what they can do against major league competition. I think the game is a little faster than it is in Triple-A, and you want to see how they react to it."
The White Sox will have to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to add Bassitt, a move that likely would not be announced until Saturday.
Chris Sale is expected to start the first game of the doubleheader, which was scheduled after the White Sox's June 10 game against the Tigers was postponed because of rain.
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