Blue Jays starter is Happ-y to be back

Blue Jays' pitcher J.A. Happ will make his first start Wednesday since getting hit in the head with...

Blue Jays' pitcher J.A. Happ will make his first start Wednesday since getting hit in the head with a line drive back in May. (REUTERS)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:55 PM ET

SEATTLE - The road back from that scary line drive off his skull turned out to be a lot longer than J.A. Happ anticipated, but now that he’s preparing for a start Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners, he’s ready to put all that frustration behind him.

When Happ was last on a major-league mound at Tampa on May 8, he was struck down by a vicious line drive off the bat of Desmond Jennings of the Rays, fracturing his skull. As he went down, Happ also strained two ligaments in his right knee. It turned out that the knee damage was slower to heal than Happ’s head.

Three months later, Happ still needs to wear a knee brace

“I don’t know what (the club’s) timeframe was,” Happ said on Tuesday. “But in my mind, at first it was two weeks, then three weeks, then four-to-six and then six-to-eight, so it just kept jumping. The most frustrating thing was that I wasn’t able to turn a corner when I was hoping I would.”

The skull fracture healed quickly, with no residual effects.


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