An update from the Blue Jays on the condition of J.A. Happ provides some good news, after some utterly frightening and stomach-churning moments last night. From a release issued by the club this morning:
Toronto Blue Jays LHP JA HAPP left last night’s game in Tampa Bay after being hit on the left side of his head by a batted ball. He was taken to hospital for medical testing. He was responsive and doing well after suffering a head contusion and a laceration to his left ear.
The Blue Jays anticipate that he will be discharged later today after further testing. The club will provide and update later today should any further information become available.
So… that’s about as good a bit of news as you could possibly expect to hear.
Parkes has an excellent post up at Fanatico on the incident, and those strange moments when reality injects itself into this little distraction that we like to call the world of sports (as does Drew at Getting Blanked). In it he quotes a statement that was released by the pitcher himself:
I’m in good spirits, I definitely appreciate the support of the baseball community. It’s been overwhelming the messages and kind words I’ve been getting.
The pitcher’s condition at the Bayfront Medical Center in Tampa has been upgraded from fair to good, as noted in the excellent pieces on the story from John Lott of the National Post, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, and others.
Of course, none of this good news on the medical front– as we still don’t know what any of this means for his career– should do anything to quiet the calls for more protection for pitchers, and for MLB to change the rule that kept trainers and medical staff on the sidelines last night until the play had ended. Both those conversations need to happen now, before something worse takes place on a Major League diamond than the sickening incident we witnessed last night.
So… uh… protective headgear… uh… how you doin’? [Note: I'm not very good at starting conversations.]
Barry Davis mentioned something last night, which I totally should have done more with, about a player he spoke to saying J.A. Happ was the most concerned about his knee. Now today, he tweets this:
Happ has just left Bayfront Medical Centre in St Petes. Had a bandage on his head and was on crutches. Right knee appears injured. #bluejays
— Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) May 8, 2013
In a second tweet he adds that there was a brace on Happ’s knee as he left the hospital.
So… in a way that sucks. But really only in a way that means we’re feeling much better about the head injury than we were last night, and are actually maybe starting to worry about when he can get back on the field again. I’m not sure that’s entirely so, but it would seem to me to be a good thing, in a warped kind of a way, if you know what I mean.
Obviously this also means that Happ has, indeed, been discharged from the hospital. More updates are expected from the club this afternoon.