While Brandon Morrow had a setback earlier this week during his rehab and was shut down with forearm inflammation, J.A. Happ feels like he should be ready to join the Blue Jays sometime around the allstar break. Happ has been on the DL since May 7th after being struck in the head by a line drive. Happ was diagnosed with a fractured skull, contusions, and a sprained right knee (his knee twisted when he collapsed to the ground).
Surprisingly, it has not been the head injury that has kept Happ off the mound. His knee has taken longer to heal than initially expected. Happ wore a knee brace for several week, but is now able to jog and run. He is still having issues with cutting and turning off his right leg.
Happ has made enough progress, though, that he has begun throwing off a mound without a knee brace.
The question becomes who will the Jays send down when Happ is ready to return? The rotation is on fire right now. I expect, barring an injury to anyone on the big club, the Jays will be very patient and stretch out Happ’s rehab time.
Returning by the allstar break might be a bit optimistic.