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Update on JA Happ’s Injury

When Toronto Blue Jays pitcher JA Happ was hit in the head by a line drive on Tuesday, RA Dickey said that it sounded “like two bats” hitting each other. Happ immediately fell to the pitcher’s mound, face down, and covering one side of his head with both hands. Eight minutes later he was taken off the field on a stretcher and a total of eleven minutes later, play resumed. Everyone imagined the worst but remarkably, less than 24 hours later he was back at Tropicana Field. Not to play this time, but to talk about how lucky he is.

When Happ first arrived at Tropicana Field, he first met with players from his team as well as Desmond Jennings, who hit the line drive that struck Happ. After assuring everyone that he was feeling fine, he then spoke to reporters.

“I feel really fortunate,” he said. “It looks like I moved just a little bit. I don’t remember doing that, but it looks like it was just enough to where it must have caught me in a better spot, because I think it could have got me head on.”

Speaking about his injuries, he said, “I’ve got some stitches and there’s a fracture in the skull, I suppose, behind my ear, but it’s not serious or threatening. We’ll let those heal.”

The hit is something that’s still weighing heavily on the minds of those around the league, and many are wondering what can be done to prevent something like it happening in the future, and perhaps with more unfortunate results. The league is currently looking at many options, including protective headwear that would absorb impact and protect pitchers’ heads.

Meanwhile, Happ has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, but appears to be doing very well.


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