Tampa Bay Rays
Jays' Happ out of hospital after getting hit by ball
ST. PETERSBURG -
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ, who was struck in the head by a line drive during Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, was released from Bayfront Medical Center this morning. The hospital said Happ was treated and discharged at 11:55 a.m.
Happ suffered a head contusion and a laceration to his left ear, the team said.
“I'm in good spirits. I definitely appreciate the support of the baseball community,” Happ said earlier in a news release. “It's been overwhelming, the messages and kind words I've been getting. I just want to thank everyone for that. And I look forward to getting back out there soon.”
Happ, 30, was struck on the left side of his head by a ball hit by Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings during the second inning. He remained motionless on the field while being attended to by trainers from both teams and medical personnel.
After 11 minutes, Happ was removed from the field on stretcher and taken to nearby Bayfront Medical Center.
The ball was hit with so much force, it ricocheted down the right-field line and into the bullpen area, and Jennings ended up with a two-run triple.
Jennings was so stunned by the blow to Happ's left temple that he raised both arms above his helmet in disbelief as he ran the bases. He was too upset over the incident to talk to the media after the game, a 6-4 Blue Jays victory.
Several players took to Twitter to offer support of Happ:
Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia: “Keep JA Happ in your prayers … Hardest thing I've ever had to see back there … ”
Rays pitcher David Price: “Everyone please say a prayer for JA Happ ... very scary ... hope he is ok and recovers well.”
Rays pitcher Matt Moore: “Praying for JA Happ tonight and his recovery ... Scary stuff.”
Boston designated hitter David Ortiz: “My prayer and though to J.A happ hopefully everything is ok with him ... 34.”