The Blue Jays received some good news following a frightening incident last night during their game in Tampa. Starting pitcher J.A. Happ was struck on the head by a line drive and taken off the field on a stretcher. The ball was hit so hard, it bounced off his head and all the way to the Rays bullpen.
It was a terrifying event but the good news is it looks like Happ will eventually be ok; he was released from the hospital today with a contusion to the head and a left ear laceration (where he was struck by the ball).
Happ is scheduled to speak to the media today at 5 pm EDT at Tropicana Field, so he must be somewhat ok.
The Blue Jays, however, have already moved him to the 15-day DL and called up Edgar Gonzalez from triple-A to fill the roster spot. It remains to be seen if Gonzalez fills Happ’s spot in the rotation temporarily until Josh Johnson can return or if he has simply been called up to provide bullpen depth since Happ only went 1.1 innings last night due to his injury. I’m betting this move is more about bullpen depth.
Happ entered last night’s game with a 3.98 ERA and had been one of the more consistent pitchers for the Jays.
Gonzalez has a 5.40 ERA in 3.1 innings with the Jays this year. He also has made four starts in triple-A and has posted a 5.49 ERA in 19.2 innings. In 353.1 major league innings, he holds a 5.83 ERA. Of the 115 games that he has appeared, 47 have been starts.