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)
For some Toronto Blue Jays fans, great expectations breed great impatience.
By the second inning of the first game of the greatest season in Blue Jays history, dark murmurs began to waft from the sellout crowd of 48,857. Catcher J.P. Arencibia had just struck out, aggravating a greater sin: already, he had been charged with three passed balls in his bid to corral R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball. Two had marred an inning in which the Cleveland Indians scored twice.
Mind you, the grumblers could not have been delighted with Dickey either in the Blue Jays’ 4-1 loss. He walked four, a plateau he reached only twice last year when he won the National League Cy Young Award. Only one of the walks turned into a run. He also gave up a towering two-run homer to Asdrubal Cabrera. (Photos: Tyler Anderson/National Post)