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J.A. Happ expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks

May 9, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT

J.A. Happ AP

J.A. Happ was released from the hospital yesterday after he was hit in the head by a line drive during Tuesday’s start against the Rays. While the most important thing is that he’s going to be OK, the Blue Jays are going to have to get by without him for a little while.

According to Gregor Chisholm of, Happ is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. The 30-year-old left-hander suffered a head contusion and a small fracture behind his left ear as a result of the comebacker, but he is also dealing with a sprained right knee.

The current plan calls for Happ to be idle for about one week before he starts throwing off flat ground. If all goes according to plan, he could be back in Toronto’s rotation in the early part of June. Pretty remarkable given the scary nature of Tuesday’s incident.

Happ has a 4.91 ERA and 26/19 K/BB ratio in 33 innings over seven starts this season. He owns a 4.23 ERA in the majors.

  1. raynman49 - May 9, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Nobody mentions maple bats. They are too hard. Go back to ash.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 10, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Can use ash exclusively anymore. Supply issues.

  2. rbj1 - May 9, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Best of luck to him.

  3. proudlycanadian - May 9, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Good news.

    • cur68 - May 9, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Kid’s gotta hard head. Glad he’s ok.

  4. natsattack - May 9, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Off topic, but today is the third time reigning Cy Young winners faced off, Dickey vs. Price.

    • natsattack - May 9, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      1989: Viola (NYM) defeats Herscheiser (LAD), 1-0
      1999: Glavine (ATL) defeats Clemens (NYY), 6-2

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 9, 2013 at 10:37 PM

        yea but Clemens finished off the braves that year in the WS, you know when it matters.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 9, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      and the Jays lost again which mean to date they still have only one “1” series this year, thats pretty amazing.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - May 9, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Glad to hear he is ok but really he should take his sweet time coming back, #1 a bad blow like that is gonna take a little time getting past which is totally understandable. And #2 in 4 to 6 weeks the jays will be having a firesale anyway so if it was me i would do myself a favor and make sure you are completely over it before trying to pitch again

    • statslady - May 10, 2013 at 2:08 AM

      Actually, the 4 – 6 weeks estimate wasn’t made regarding Happ’s skull fracture. There was no estimate made until AFTER his knee was assessed. He sprained it going down, which is why he left the hospital on crutches. It’s his knee that ‘s forcing the 4 – 6 week layoff, which would include rehab time.

  6. dirtyharry1971 - May 9, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    jays are 13-23 after tonights loss, i fully expect a firesale by early june

  7. chaseutley - May 9, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Good luck. Wish you were still a Phillie.

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