Rays Jennings: "Scary" feeling replaced by relief over Happ's condition
Rays CF Desmond Jennings said it was a "scary" feeling seeing Jays pitcher J.A. Happ go down after being struck by his line drive Tuesday night, and it wasn't until getting word Wednesday morning that Happ wasn't seriously hurt that he felt better.
"I didn't know what to think; I saw it happen and I knew something was wrong,'' Jennings said in his first comments on the incident. "I saw the direction the ball was going. I didn't know where it hit him at first. I just knew it was somewhere above the shoulders. It was tough to see. You never want to see anything like that happen to anybody. ...
"You see a guy laying out there like that, it's scary. ... That's scary, man. It's a scary sight.''
Jennings said he felt better this morning after hearing from Rays VP Rick Vaughn that Happ wasn't seriously injured and also from Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield. "I could breathe a little bit,'' Jennings said.
But it wasn't until after he talked with Happ - who looked and sounded normal, as if he could pitch today, Jennings said - that he felt normal.
"You still don't know until you talk to him, until you see him face to face and know exactly how he's doing,'' Jennings said.
Jennings said he thought about the incident during the game, but won't have any trouble going forward.
"I talked to him and he seems to be doing okay, so I'll move on from here and wish him a speedy recovery,'' Jennings said. "It's something you think about not knowing the outcome. If I would have known yesterday what I know today it probably would have been a little easier. You just never know. It's always tough to see somebody like that.''