(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — The Toronto Blue Jays put pitcher J.A. Happ on the 15-day disabled list following a line drive to his head on Tuesday night against the Rays.
Happ was released from the hospital on Wednesday and said that a CT scan showed no damage to his brain or spine. Still, he suffered a skull fracture behind his left ear and has a sore right knee from falling to the ground.
“I feel really fortunate,” Happ 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.”
“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,” he continued.
Happ was hit with the line drive off the bat of Tampa Bay Rays hitter Desmond Jennings in the second inning.
“He just wished me the best and hoped for a quick recovery,” Happ said of his brief conversation with Jennings on Wednesday. “Obviously, something like that is never intentional. I let him know that I knew that and I appreciated him coming over. It’s a scary thing, I’m sure on his end, too.”
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