Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was hit in the head by a line drive and taken off the field on a stretcher during Toronto's 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was hit in the head by a line drive and taken off the field on a stretcher during Toronto’s 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night.
The team said Happ was hospitalized, where he was listed in stable condition.
“I think the last indication was that he was alert and feeling better and had gone for a CT scan. That’s the last I heard,” Toronto pitcher R.A. Dickey said.
In a frightening scene at Tropicana Field, Desmond Jennings’ second-inning liner caromed squarely off the left side of Happ’s head with a loud “thwack!” that could be heard from the press box.
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The ball went all the way into the bullpen in foul territory down the right-field line. Happ dropped face down at the front of the mound.
Jennings ended up on third base with a two-run triple, and team trainers, paramedics and medical officials rushed to Happ’s aid.
“It’s devastating. … I could barely watch it,” Dickey said. “It paralyzes you a little bit. … It’s really, really scary. I just started praying in the spot. That’s all I knew to do.”
Jennings didn’t speak to reporters after the game.
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