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J.A. Happ leaves on stretcher after taking line drive to head

May 7, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT

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Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ departed the field on a stretcher after taking a Desmond Jennings line drive off the left side of his head in the second inning of his start Tuesday evening against the Rays.

Happ appeared to be conversing with paramedics as they led him off in a cart, but his neck was stabilized by a brace and he had some blood dribbling out of his left ear. He will probably be taken to a local hospital near Tropicana Field and monitored overnight. We’ll pass along any further updates.

Happ earned a spot in Toronto’s starting rotation with a big spring and signed a two-year, $8.9 million contract extension with the Jays on March 27. He was sporting a 3.98 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 26/18 K/BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings entering Tuesday’s outing.

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UPDATE, 8:33 PM ET: Happ maintained full consciousness on the way to Bayfront Medical Center, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. MLB.com has the replay of the incident:

  1. tampajoey - May 8, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Thoughts and prays are with you man. We all hope for a speedy recovery.

    • proudlybostonian - May 8, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      Who would give a thumbs down on this???

      • jaysjunkie - May 8, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        Atheists? Or the unfortunate minority of idiots who visit this site?

  2. mudhead123 - May 8, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Yes, Jennings was very “mortified” as he rounded the bases

    • Shayna - May 8, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      John Lott of the National Post notes that the umpires have the power to stop play if a player is incapacitated. On a human level, it is certainly easy to blame the players but the people with both the power and the responsibility to stop play and let the medical personnel get to Happ immediately were the umpires. This was another poor decision on a scale entirely different from missed plays or shifting strike zones.

      Lott also reports some players suggesting that maybe this is a situation where there should be one of those infamous unwritten rules and once you’ve reached a base, you stop–even if time hasn`t been called.

      See his comprehensive report here:

      http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/05/07/blue-jays-j-a-happ-struck-down-by-a-line-drive-to-the-head/

  3. mudhead123 - May 8, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    @hittfamily…. Why would a crowd be giving an ovation to a guy who is leaving on a stretcher not giving a thumbs up? Seems a little odd. He gave a slight wave right before he went into the tunnel after the massive Rays crowd cheered. Hope Happ had a quick recovery and the Rays continue to choke away leads

    • indaburg - May 8, 2013 at 5:49 AM

      I am not an unbiased commenter. As a Rays fan reading your comments, it sounds to me like you’re being terribly unfair. It’s your prerogative, of course. Nevertheless, I hope Happ makes a full recovery and that MLB makes a rule change to declare a ball dead when something like this occurs, so that both teams stop play and attend to the injured. The entire Rays team look very traumatized and upset when this happened. They may be combatants on the field, but they’re still a brotherhood of players.

      • proudlycanadian - May 8, 2013 at 5:57 AM

        Agreed 100%. The entire Rays team was in shock and the fans were in shock. The stadium went very quiet after the incident.

  4. xjokerz - May 8, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    Why are you praying for happ to be okay ? … If your god didnt want it to happen.. It wouldn’t have … Religious nut bags. Hopefully he gets better.. With medicine and doctors …

    • hasbeen5 - May 8, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      Take your bullshit elsewhere

  5. jsally430 - May 8, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    it happened to Chris young and he’s never been the same as well. I wonder when baseball enforced helmets for batters if people rejected that as hard as we are now for pitchers safety. there has to be something that could do. Maybe they should employ a company to.do.the r&d

  6. xjokerz - May 8, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    what bullshit?….. has praying ever done anything for you………. i mean honestly, ANYTHING… i said i hope he gets better..from REAL STUFF, you know.. like a Doctor..and Medicine ….sorry..i dont believe in your Casper the ghost GOD

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