Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Jays Happ in ‘in good spirits,’ could be released today
Posted May 8, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 8, 2013 at 11:03 AM
ST. PETERSBURG Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ said this morning in a statement that he is “in good spirits,” and could be released today from Bayfront Medical Center, where he was rushed to Tuesday night after being struck on the side of the head by a line drive during Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
He suffered a head contusion and a laceration to his left ear.
Happ released this statement: “I’m in good spirits. I definitely appreciate the support of the baseball community. It’s been overwhelming, the messages and kind words I’ve been getting. I just want to thank everyone for that. And I look forward to getting back out there soon.”
Happ was struck on the left side of his head by a line drive off the bat of Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings during the second inning of Tuesday’s game. He remained motionless on the field for several minutes while be attended to by trainers from both teams and medical personnel.
After 11 minutes, Happ was removed from the field on stretcher and taken to nearby Bayfront Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.
Jennings was too upset with the incident to talk to the media after the game, a 6-4 Blue Jays victory.
Players took to twitter Tuesday night to offer support of Happ:
Rays pitcher David Price: “Everyone please say a prayer for JA Happ…very scary…hope he is ok and recovers well”
Rays pitcher Matt Moore: “Praying for JA Happ tonight and his recovery.. Scary stuff”
Boston designated hitter David Ortiz: “My prayer and though to j.A happ hopefully everything is ok with him…34”