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Jays' LHP J.A. Happ hit in head by liner, leaves on stretcher

Update 9:00 p.m.: Hearing Jays LHP J.A. Happ was taken in an ambulance to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Pete, and was conscious after getting hit in left side of his head, around his ear.


There's been no further updates yet on his condition, but we'll keep you posted.

Developing: In a scary sight — and frightening sound — Blue Jays lefthander J.A. Happ was hit in the head by a line drive by Rays centerfielder Desmond Jennings in the second inning of Tuesday's game.

Happ went down, but after getting attended to by medical personnel and his neck stablized, he appeared to wave to the crowd as he was taken off the field on a stretcher, likely to a local hospital for evaluation. Fans gave him a loud ovation, as did players from both dugouts.

The game was delayed for 11 minutes.

On the play, which ended up being a go-ahead triple by Jennings, the ball ricocheted all the way into the Rays bullpen. As Jennings reached third, he put his hands over his head in disbelief, as there was an eery silence at Tropicana Field.

Happ, 30, is in his seventh big league season.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 11:12am]


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