May 7, 2013
Blue Jays' J.A. Happ feels 'very fortunate' after taking line drive to head
Left-hander more worried about his knee than his head
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ is wheeled off the field on a stretcher after he was hit in the head by a line drive against the Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., May 7, 2013. (SCOTT AUDETTE/Reuters)

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - "I thought I made a decent pitch."

It is, of course, the oft-used pitcher's lament, and when it spilled out of the mouth of J.A. Happ Wednesday afternoon it offered up a bit of gallows humour a little less than 24 hours from one horrific incident.

Happ nearly had his head taken off by a line drive off the bat of Desmond Jennings Tuesday in the second inning of the Blue Jays' game against the Tampa Bay Rays.On Wednesday, he showed a slight limp, a raw and stitched-up left ear that was swollen, and a lot of moxie as he calmly answered questions about the horror show that enveloped him the day before.

The fact that his injuries are as light as they are is miraculous given how hard the ball slammed into the left side of his head."I feel very fortunate," Happ said. "I would like to say too that the whole baseball community has been unbelievable with the messages I'm receiving, the things people are saying and all the prayers, I really think that helped.

"It looks like I moved just a little bit, I don't remember doing that, but it looks like just enough that it must have caught me in a better spot. I got some stitches and there's a fracture in the bone in my skull behind my ear. But it's not serious or threatening, we'll let those heal. I tweaked my knee at some point coming down."



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