(NEW YORK) — Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ is set to return to the mound Wednesday for the first time in three months after being hit in the head by a line drive.
“I feel good,” Happ told the Buffalo News. “Obviously I’d like to have maybe finished the last 1-2 starts here a little sharper than I did, but I do feel good about getting pitch counts up and trying to get endurance back. The waiting game was the toughest thing. I’ts just really exciting.”
On May 7, Happ was hit in the head and suffered a skull fracture and a sprained right knee when he fell to the ground after he was hit by Tampa Bay Rays’ Desmond Jennings.
Happ was 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts with Buffalo. He made five total starts in minors as part of his rehabilitation process.
“He’s solid, he’s healthy. He there a lot of pitches [Friday night], but that’s what he does,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told MLB.com.
The 30-year-old Happ is in his second season with the Blue Jays. In seven starts this season, he went 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA.
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