Blue Jays’ Happ Hospitalized After Line Drive Ricochets Off Head

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was taken to a hospital after he was hit in the head by a line drive from Desmond Jennings of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Happ, 30, collapsed face down on the mound and was taken from the field on a stretcher after the ball ricocheted off his head and up the right-field line during the second inning at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

There was no word on his condition after the game, manager John Gibbons told reporters.

The incident was reminiscent of Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy getting hit in the head by a line drive last September, causing a skull fracture that required surgery and a six-day hospital stay. He now pitches for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Jennings reached third base, driving in two runs, before the umpires stopped the game to allow Happ to get medical attention.

The game was delayed 11 minutes while medics stabilized the pitcher’s head and neck and placed a bandage over the area of his left eye and ear.

Happ, who had allowed four runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings, was conscious and moved his hands as he was taken off the field.

Happ is 2-2 with a 4.91 earned-run average in six games this season.

The Blue Jays won the game 6-4.

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