Jays' Happ feels "fortunate" to be okay, wants to pitch again
Blue Jays lefthander J.A. Happ said he feels very "fortunate" and "blessed" that he was able to walk out of the hospital today - albeit on crutches - without any serious injury from a "scary" situation.
Happ, 30, speaking for the first time since getting hit by a Desmond Jennings line drive in Tuesday's second inning, said he has a few stitches, and a fracture in his skull behind his left ear, but other than "tweaking" his right knee, he's okay.
"I'm not sure I'm completely in the clear," Happ said. "But it looks from the CT scans of the brain, neck and spine and everything and skull, it looks pretty good. So I don't think there's a ton of concern."
Happ doesn't know how long he'll be sidelined, but wants to get back on the mound as soon as I can.
"I feel very fortunate," Happ said. "The whole baseball community has been unbelievable with the messages I'm receiving and things people are saying and all the prayers. I really think that helps."
Happ said he was "coherent" and talking from the get-go, but while he remembers releasing the ball, he doesn't remember seeing it hit back at him. He took him a few seconds to realize what was going on, but remembered his teammates and trainers surrounding him.
"Just an immediate loud-ringing in my ear," Happ said. "And just pressure in my ear. It looks like I moved just a little bit, I don't remember doing that, but just enough where it must have caught me in a better spot, or it could have got me head-on."
Happ said he called his mother, Sue, from the ambulance on the way to Bayfront Medical Center last night to spread the word. "I told her I was okay," he said.
Happ said he didn't get much sleep last night, but had visitors, including manager John Gibbons, who was amazed the seven-year veteran was up and eating when he got there. Happ said he actually did watch the replay of the incident.
What did Happ think?
"I thought I made a decent pitch, I was frustrated," Happ joked, bringing laughter in the room.
Happ said he met with Jennings at Tropicana Field around 5 p.m., with no hard feelings.
"He just wished me the best, and hoped for a quick recovery," Happ said. "Obviously something like that, it is never intentional, I let him know that I knew that and appreciated him coming over. It's a scary thing on his end too I'm sure."
Happ, who said he's been hit before with a liner (on the shin), said he won't let any fear stop him from pitching again.
"I think you just got to get back out there, and try to forget about it," Happ said. "And I won't know until I'm up there, but I don't anticipate (a problem)."