Happ feels fortunate to escape serious harm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ sustained what appeared to be a horrific injury, being struck on the side of the head by a line drive pitching Tuesday night against the Tampa Rays. The first thing he wanted to do while being taken by ambulance to the hospital was call his mom, Sue Happ of Peru and let her know he was OK.
“They were holding the phone up to my ear and I told my mom I was OK and let everyone (know). She was definitely relieved ... glad to hear by voice,” Happ said during a press conference Wednesday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., less than 24 hours after being struck. That press conference can be viewed online at mlb.com.
That call and positive prognosis of his injury brought a sense of relief not only to Happ’s family back home, but to the whole baseball community. Desmond Jennings, the Rays batter who hit the ball that struck Happ, sought out Happ to express his sorrow.
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