J.A. Happ listed in good condition after getting hit with line drive
In the quiet under the dome, fans and players alike sat with their hands cupped over their faces, staring in stunned silence as they watched a crew of medics kneeling over the Toronto Blue Jays pitcher lying in the dirt.
J.A. Happ had just been hit on the left side of the head by a line drive. There was blood on his hand when he lifted it from the spot where the ball struck him.
It happened in a flash. Tampa Bay’s Desmond Jennings hit the ball. The ball hit Happ so hard that it caromed deep into foul territory along the right-field line.
Happ was listed in “good condition” Wednesday morning at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, a hospital spokesperson said. In a statement, the Blue Jays said he was expected to be released from hospital later on Wednesday after more tests. He suffered a a head contusion and a cut on his left ear, the statement said. (Photos: Mike Carlson/The Associated Press)
DOG DAYS: The Tampa Bay Rays hosted “Bark in the Park” on Sunday and many fans brought their dogs to the stadium. Pitcher David Price brought his dog, Astro — whose likeness was turned into a bobblehead and given away to fans under 14. Sounds like a RUFF LIFE. (Photo: J. Meric/Getty Images; Chris O’Meara/The Associated Press)
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher was scheduled to throw out the first pitch before the Tampa Bay Rays’ game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Instead, he shot it.
Photos: Steve Nesius/Reuters, Mike Carlson/The Associated Press