May 8, 2013 10:15 AM by Smash
ESPN – Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was hit in the head by a line drive and taken off the field on a stretcher during Toronto’s 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
In a frightening scene at Tropicana Field, Desmond Jennings’ second-inning liner caromed squarely off the left side of Happ’s head with a loud “thwack!” that could be heard up in the press box.
The ball went all the way into the bullpen in foul territory halfway down the right-field line. Happ dropped face down at the front of the mound, holding his head with his glove and bare hand.
The Blue Jays expected the pitcher to be discharged Wednesday after further testing at Bayfront Medical Center, where he was taken with a head contusion and a laceration to his left ear.
This is absolutely brutal. A ball coming off the bat at that speed is essentially a weapon. To have that go off your head is no joke. Concussions are nothing to mess with.
Really hope J.A. Happ can make a full recovery and get back on the hill soon. I’m sure it’ll be tough building his confidence again to get out there, but that’s what professional athletes do. Baseball injury jokes aside, Happ will get back out there as soon as he can. No competitor wants to have to watch from the sidelines.
Best wishes to a speedy recovery from us at B-Minus Blogs, J.A.