MLB.com's Jane Lee reports that starting pitcher Jesse Hahn will no longer make his scheduled start against the Cleveland Indians Saturday and will undergo an MRI on his right elbow. The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser has confirmed that Chris Bassitt will start instead.
Jesse Hahn flew back to Oakland this morning to undergo an MRI on his elbow. Chris Bassitt likely to start in his place Saturday.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) July 9, 2015
Chris Bassitt now starting Saturday. Jesse Hahn scratched with continuing elbow tightness.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 9, 2015
Hahn's elbow was not showing improvement after bullpen yesterday so as precaution team is getting an MRI.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 9, 2015
This news comes despite reassurances as recent as Wednesday that Hahn was good to go but intended to avoid using his slider for his start. Hahn's start was pushed back to Saturday due to elbow discomfort he had been experiencing. Hahn, turning 26 near the end of July, underwent a Tommy John surgery in the summer of 2010.
With the All-Star Break coming up and as Hahn has not pitched since July 1, Hahn could be placed on the 15-day disabled list and be eligible to return on July 17, Oakland's first game after the break. Chris Bassitt can be re-activated before 10 days have elapsed since his demotion because Hahn can be placed on the disabled list. Bassitt will be pitching on five days rest.