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UPDATE: Jays pitcher Happ released from hospital; says he's in 'good spirits,' looking forward to 'getting back out there soon'

UPDATE, 12:33: Happ indeed was released from the hospital at around noon today. He didn't talk to media there, may do so later today.

DEVELOPING: Jays pitcher J.A. Happ is listed in good condition this morning at Bayfront Medical Center and could be released today, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Happ said in a statement he also is "in good spirits" and that he looked forward to getting back on the mound soon.

Happ was hit in the head by a line drive in Tuesday's game against the Rays and taken off the field on a stretcher ( video below ).

Happ was feeling better this morning and talking with staff at the hospital. He issued the following 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."

Though the hospital did not release any specifics about his injury, the fact that he was talking with staff and could be released today is obviously an encouraging sign.

The Blue Jays put out a statement saying Happ sustained "a head contusion and a laceration to his left ear" and confirmed he is expected to be released today after further testing.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:37pm]


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