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J.A. Happ progressing slowly due to knee issue

May 18, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

J.A. Happ Reuters

J.A. Happ was hit on the head with a Desmond Jennings line drive on May 7, suffering a minor skull fracture. While falling to the ground, Happ twisted his knee, and it is the latter injury that is causing him to progress slowly as the lefty has yet to pitch off a mound. Manager John Gibbons said, “Somebody’s looking at it all the time but no more X-rays. It’s just one of those things that’s just going to take time. He’ll be a while.”

Happ was one of the Jays’ more reliable starters, bringing a 3.98 ERA into that fateful start against the Rays. MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm says a timetable for the lefty’s return is still unclear, but does offer this:

General manager Alex Anthopoulos was recently quoted as saying he expected Happ to be out anywhere from three to six weeks.

The three weeks would seem highly unlikely as the native of Illinois has yet to throw off a mound, and six weeks would have Happ back in action toward the end of June.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 18, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Just get well. Take your time.

    • xavier46 - May 19, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      Ahhhh buddy, I seem to remember you rushing Mr. Lackey back into action; now telling Happ to take time…. Not that it much matters to that team though.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 19, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      Thats right take all the time you need because the jays are 10 backs back and are mailing in the rest of the season anyway

  2. jwbiii - May 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    That “minor skull fracture” didn’t look particularly minor to me.

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