Last night, J.A. Happ was hit in the head from a line drive by Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings. Happ stayed on the ground for several minutes after what looked like a potential career-ending injury. There was great news out of St. Petersburg as Happ was released from the hospital just over 12 hours after the frightening accident.
He was struck from the ball in the second inning, and was carted off the field with the Toronto Blue Jays down 3-1. In dramatic fashion, the Jays came from behind and won a very emotional game for their starting pitcher. After the game, everyone on the team said it was the scariest situation they’ve ever witnesses, with many of them praying for Happ as soon as the accident happened.
Happ was released from the hospital this morning with bandages on his head and a brace on his right knee. When the accident occurred last night, nobody could have imagined that Happ would walk out of the infirmary today.
The Jays said the 30-year-old suffered a head contusion and laceration to his left ear. Happ was admitted to hospital Tuesday night in fair condition, and his condition was upgraded to good at roughly 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to hospital spokeswoman Emily Nipps.
He is expected to meet with the media at some point today in Tampa to talk about the accident and what he plans to do next. A lot of people, including Happ, are making a strong case for pitchers to wear protective head gear.
If it stops incidents like the one last night, it wouldn’t make sense not to incorporate it into the game.
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