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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.]

Update:

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:

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.

Comments (113)

  1. This is the reason why I support having robot baseball just like that old video game basewars.

  2. That sounds like really good news.

  3. What in Sam Hell is preventing the trainers and med staff from entering the field when something so violent occurs. Do they get fired? Do the Jays get automatic 10 game losses

    • This is a good point, though it would make it easier for everybody if they didn’t have to break the rules to do so.

      • Agree. Seems the right thing to do. I’m not sure where this would be abused based on both teams reactions last night. Very leveled headed and thinking about the injured

      • Apparently there is a rule that umpires can call the play dead, as NorthYorkJays pointed out to me in the other thread (5.10). I’ve never seen an umpire make that call, though I’m sure it has happened at some point. Generally I think these freak moments are just treated as a live play. It’s just such a tricky call to make on either side. And to be honest, I don’t think the Jays, Rays or umpires are standing around the pitcher’s mound watching this and thinking about how Rule 5.10 should or should not be implemented. Furthest thing from anybody’s mind on that field.

        • Which just seems even more strange why trainers didn’t just burst on to the field. Nobody is thinking about rule 5.10

          • 5.10
            The ball becomes dead when an umpire calls “Time.” The umpire-inchief shall call “Time” —
            (a) When in his judgment weather, darkness or similar conditions make immediate further play impossible;
            (b) When light failure makes it difficult or impossible for the umpires to follow the play;
            NOTE: A league may adopt its own regulations governing games interrupted by light failure.
            (c) When an accident incapacitates a player or an umpire;
            (1) If an accident to a runner is such as to prevent him from proceeding to a base to which he is entitled, as on a home run hit out of the playing field, or an award of one or more bases, a substitute runner shall be permitted to complete the play.
            (d) When a manager requests “Time” for a substitution, or for a conference with one of his players.
            (e) When the umpire wishes to examine the ball, to consult with either manager, or for any similar cause.
            (f) When a fielder, after catching a fly ball, falls into a bench or stand, or falls across ropes into a crowd when spectators are on the field.
            As pertains to runners, the provisions of 7.04 (c) shall prevail. If a fielder after making a catch steps into a bench, but does not fall, the ball is in play and runners may advance at their own peril.
            (g) When an umpire orders a player or any other person removed from the playing field.
            (h) Except in the cases stated in paragraphs (b) and (c) (1) of this rule, no umpire shall call “Time” while a play is in progress.

            So the game can be stopped, but it feels like that rule was quickly added in to the “calling a game for darkness” rule at some point in time. Not sure if umpires even know. I’d say that it’s up to MLB to clear up the rule.

            Two issues strike me though, if you’re going to make the rule clearer: 1) What happens in a situation like the Brandon McCarthy play? On that one McCarthy was on the ground, and the A’s completed a 1-5-3 putout. It didn’t deflect for a triple or anything like that. Do the Angels then argue that Erick Aybar should have been awarded first base on what was an obvious ground ball out? The Athletics would probably argue the play was a ground out and he shouldn’t be on first. And 2) What happens if/when a player embellishes a lesser injury in order to save his team a couple of bases during a delay (and don’t say it won’t happen, cheating is as old as baseball — if there’s a loophole to be used they’ll find it)? Remember a few weeks ago, the Yankees took the lead on the Jays in the 8th and then Eduardo Nunez had “something in his eye” as Rivera got extra warm-up pitches…players and teams could use a cleared-up dead ball rule as an excuse for those kinds of shenanigans, and that leads to even more arguments in that vicious circle. It’s such a tough spot for the umpires and for MLB on this rule. Glad I’m not an umpire.

            • To me, the rule should be: when a trainer or other medical personnel enter the field…so on and so forth.

              • I like that JP. I’m sure there’s other complications and interpretations that would have to be worked around, but that’s a rule that could work.

                • Thanks. To me, it should be simple so that all field personnel, including players and coaches can understand, should be flexible enough to account for multiple instances, should be fair (as in the rule should be treated as if teams needing it are using it in good faith, otherwise, penalty).

                  Take the decision out the umps and players or someone with a vested interest (obviously, I’m assuming trainers and medical personnel would have a higher standard and therefore, more likely not to abuse the rule, but I could be wrong)

                  • I think a little bit of the scorn should be directed towards Desmond Jennings as well as MLB. There was no need on a play like that for him to keep trying to advance, regardless of whether or not he realized it was affecting the training staff’s ability to get on the field.

                    The classy thing to do would have been stopping at first so that the play would be called dead and trainers could get there immediately. Even if it slipped his mind in the heat of the moment, he had another opportunity to stop at second. But no, this dickhead continued on to third while knowing full well that Happ was writhing in pain and the ball was in his team’s dugout.

                    Desmond Jennings is a piece of garbage.

                    • Wow dude, you need to relax. Jennings did nothing wrong. He was paying attention to playing to the height of his abilities. Which meant that a ball rolling into the outfield means a single could be stretching into a single or double. He didn’t aim his bat at Happ.

                      Grow up and think like an adult for one second before you spoun\t nonsense like that.

                    • Spout*

                    • @Mark: I’m not going to lay any blame on Jennings. I didn’t see enough angles, but I’m not entirely sure he even saw what happened until he reached third base. And if you see the pictures of him watching it from third he looks shell-shocked. He even left the stadium without speaking to media, who were obviously looking for quotes from him right away. I really can’t imagine what is going through Jennings’s mind knowing his line drive did this. And then he has to get back in the batter’s box against another pitcher two innings later…I don’t know how these athletes are able to do it.

            • No player trainer or coach can enter the field of play (cross the foul line) before the play is ruled dead, or an umpire calls time out, whichever occurs first. The result of breaking this rule is immediate ejection. It is meant as a safety measure for trainers ( they dont have gloves and balls flying (imagine a guy is down in between 1st and 2nd and thy run out there). For coaches its because of argueing calls. For players, just in the rule book for bench players.

              I am a rugby therapist and when someone gets hurt, the play is live we have to run out when safe. At the first whistle the play is dead if still hurt, or at refs discretion if it is serious injury. I compare this because the umpires have that discretion call which i was shocked they didnt invoke. I was actually kinda disgusted with jennings that he kept running. If ump call dead, players gets award the next closest base.

            • Glad to hear hes doing better, whatever that means. Ive been jennings before and your heart sinks. Its a terrible feeling seeing a guy you just hurt basically. Main reason i stil dont understand how they allowed metal bats in us college for so long. Its so dangerous.

          • No player trainer or coach can enter the field of play (cross the foul line) before the play is ruled dead, or an umpire calls time out, whichever occurs first. The result of breaking this rule is immediate ejection. It is meant as a safety measure for trainers ( they dont have gloves and balls flying (imagine a guy is down in between 1st and 2nd and thy run out there). For coaches its because of argueing calls. For players, just in the rule book for bench players.

            I am a rugby therapist and when someone gets hurt, the play is live we have to run out when safe. At the first whistle the play is dead if still hurt, or at refs discretion if it is serious injury. I compare this because the umpires have that discretion call which i was shocked they didnt invoke. I was actually kinda disgusted with jennings that he kept running. If ump call dead, players gets award the next closest base.

            • Ejection doesn’t seem like it would occur if trainer attending hurt player. What, someone would prevent a trainer from getting to a player.

              On safety front, I agree, trainer needs to be aware of the play. Same happens for first response. If first responder doesn’t feel that scene is secure, he/she won’t enter (eg. fallen electrical wires near hurt person, etc.) If trainer feels safe, then should be able to enter field.

              • Also, why am I typing this as if I’m writing a text or a tweet. (amazing the conditioning from doing those activities)

      • Emergency situation and the last thing going through my head is rules.

        • True but they are there for a reason and unfortunately it is the umpire crews fault for not stopping play. Guy gets pelted in the face in hockey, goalies mask comes off, guy is lying on the i e, etc. play is stopped dead immediately! Should be no different especially when it comes to head injuries, every second makes a big difference

          • @dgapa: I don’t need to do anything pal, but thanks.

            Nobody’s accusing Jennings of hitting Happ on purpose. But once he did, which he surely knew immediately, he didn’t need to “play to the best of his abilities”. That’s a ridiculous statement. As a fellow athlete and human being, he should have shown some concern and stopped at first.

            I saw the look on Jennings looks on face after…I also saw him giggling at one point (probably because somebody pointed out what a dick he was for going to third on the play).

            • Don’t think dgpapa meant it as a command. More a general response to someone who is spouting off, calling someone a bad person when there is little evidence that is the case.

              But you’re right, you can keep acting that way.

            • @Mark
              TV is amazing, it allows us to determine the extent of someone’s character as well as their inner dialog by simply seeing a brief glimpse of their face.

              and i’m sure dgapa isn’t your pal, guy.

              • Is this where I say “Lawyer’d” Mark, my old pal?

              • You’re right…if only I had I had the capacity for ‘rational’ thought and playing devil’s advocate that you do, then I could be sure never to have a strong opinion about anyone. If only I could just learn your benevolent level of tolerance I’d be sure to be a better person. Because after all, nobody ever does anything wrong…they are all just misunderstood and misrepresented don’t you know…unless of course you judge them based on the comments section of a blog. In that case, you’ve got them pegged!

    • Well maybe the penalty would have just been that the runners get to advance an extra base – which they did anyway!

    • Yeah, I remember Bearcat Murray running onto the ice to tend to a semi-conscious Mike Vernon while play was still going on at the other end of the ice.

      • Good example. I think because these type of situations are so rare in baseball everyone was a little bit stunned at first which is understandable.

  4. Well, that’s a good thing. Hopefully there’s no lingering issues, healthwise.
    Hope he doesn’t get the yips next time he goes out to the mound.
    I’d be shitting little pellets every time a guy took a swing, though.

  5. That game ruled.

  6. No how YOU doing big boy? ;)

  7. Really needs to be a non-descretionary rule about stopping play. I know it’s kind of unfair to deny a team runs that it rightfully would have earned but player safety should really trump all that (to say nothing of the potential legal liability that would occur when the time comes when a “every second counts” event occurs with a unthinkable result).

    The moral responsibility should outweigh any game fairness issues and it shouldn’t be “on” the umpire to make a call like that. Player goes down, play should stop.

    • Unfortunately that opens the door to players gaming the system… just look at soccer.

      • I’m not sure how soccer is a comparison as the referee has to stop play before medical staff/trainers are allowed onto the pitch. If a player goes down play continues until the ball is out of play or the referee thinks it is serious enough to stop play which is usually a head injury.

      • Yeah but it woiodnt be called for a pulled hammy or any one of the other non life threatening injuries that make up about 99.5% of situations.

        But for the 0.5%, which Happs situation was, whch was apparent immediately, play should be stopped.

    • How about when two outfielders collide in center field, and the ball isn’t caught, or is dropped during the collision? The players writhe in pain, while the batter races around the bases and gets an in the park homerun. We’ve all watched it and cheered, once the run scores then we watch medical personnel run to the downed fielders. Lets not be too hard on the base runner in this case. Let the League sort out the rules.

      • How ’bout any ‘dead ball’ rule be applied to only non-outfielders, and only when the umpire judges that the ball may have hit above the shoulders? Yes, still a slight judgment call but…

  8. I’ve been thinking about some options that could possibly work for head protection. I would imagine anything resembling a batting helmet would be horribly uncomfortable and obstructive (hinderance to concentration if it were to shift). Aside from aesthetics (they would look like complete idiots)…perhaps a rugby type scrum cap with better padding in certain spots. This would allow for venting and if worn properly should not shift or cause discomfort. It would also cover the ears (as scrum caps prevent cauliflower ear) to avoid an injury such as last nights.

    It could become a huge promotional aid for teams as well. I always he NHL goalie mask designs fun and cool.
    You’d have lineups at the Jays Store with people looking to buy a Mill St Organic, plaid “Happster” pitching helmet.

  9. Very good news, and fingers crossed it continues to be good.

    There are various inside and outside cap protection things that have been developed that look like they could work without getting in the way. Trouble is, I’m not sure any of them would have protected Happ from a blow to the cheek/ear area. That’s not an argument for not using them, just to point out that it’s hard to fully protect a pitcher’s head without the sort of gear that would be cumbersome for a fastball pitcher.

    I think I remember reading that Brandon McCarthy tried cricket helmets, which provide metal vizors and full head protection, but have to admit I can’t imagine that sort of gear not obstructing a pitcher’s motion.

    Statistically, are these kinds of accident getting more frequent or more serious because of better hitters?

  10. There is a rule that allows the ump to stop play immediately, it just wasnt applied.

  11. Don’t know what kind of system you could use to protect the pitcher.
    A hard helmet wouldn’t work when pitching. even if it was stapped on.
    Talk of an inflatable hat inflating with a 100 MPH ball hitting it doesn’t seem realistic.
    Would a baseball cap provide enough coverage?
    The most serious pitcher injuries happen to the face and even Happ was hit in the ear area, might be left unprotected by any syatem.
    Don’t know what the answer is.

    • Bubble wrap?

    • Olerud wore batting helmet on playing field, maybe there should be a variation of that with a strap, some prototypes have its inner pad lined with kevlar, similar to that used in American football. This is going to mean the difference between contusion and life threatening brain swelling.

  12. I don’t see the protective head gear coming in.

    It makes perfect sense (not unlike the designated hitter) but baseball is too adverse to change to allow a change like this.

  13. Great news!

  14. I used to pitch, not at a high level admittedly, but I did pitch before my shoulder did stupid things. And I was standing behind my coach taking grounders as a team mate hit him in the temple with a line drive while coach threw BP (I’ll never forget that scream). Honestly, as a pitcher, I wouldn’t wear a helmet. It’s not like a batter or a base coach, it’s clunking around and it can disrupt your delivery. I hope the kevlar linings end up working, because that’s the best solution. Lining inside the hat will create a cushion and hopefully be comfortable for the pitchers as they throw.

    And none of this takes the face into account. Unless a pitcher goes out there with a cricket helmet and face mask, which is what the bowlers in cricket wear, a ball can still be hit right back into your face and break your nose or your eye or whatever. Putting a protective kevlar cushion around the brain and temple does nothing for your face. I don’t know how they will solve that one.

    • Broken bones in your face can heal. It’s harder to fix your brain/skull

    • Bowlers don’t wear protective face/head gear.

      • Somebody in cricket wears headgear. Maybe I’m mixing up the positions.

        • In cricket batsmen wear helmets with facemasks (and other protective gear) because they stand in line of the ball and it bounces unpredictably, making it hard to avoid in many instances. Bowlers do not wear any protective gear. Line drives back up the middle in cricket are not too frequent but similar incidents do happen on occasion, and players have been killed as a result.

    • No headgear for bowlers in Cricket. Just for the batsmen.

    • most of the pitchers in my softball (mens orthodox) league have gone with something like this:

      http://www.proplayersupply.com/product_p/face1.htm

      not that it would have helped in happ’s case (necessarily), but just because a solution isn’t guaranteed to be 100% effective 100% of the time doesn’t mean there isn’t value in pursuing it.

      baseball loves to revel in it’s old-timey stodginess, and will no doubt fight tooth/nail against mandating headgear for pitchers. well, until someone dies.

      do they still allow collisions at home?

      • Whatever technology you have, test it in the low level minors, get the next generation of players comfortable using it in a game. Then you’ll see it start to become the norm. Kind of like visors in hockey: they are mandatory in junior, and more and more players are wearing them in the NHL. It’s been happening organically, basically while the discussion about mandating visors was taking place.

  15. Watching the faces of the Tampa players immediately after the event was tremendously emotional and fascinating. I was riveted! I am happy Happ appears on the road to recovery but fear that unless or until an Ace (with the requisite 100 million contract) faces a career ending scenario MLB may not be sufficiently motivated to change. As MLB is the least responsive to change of the top 3 sports, this does not bode well for pitchers going forward unless perhaps a pitcher takes upon himself to don a device voluntarily and perhaps shame the league.

    On a lesser not, the last to games at the Trop have been remarkably entertaining (grisly pitching incidents excluded). Contributions coming from a wide range of players 2 nights in a row that led to significant come from behind victories against a team, in a stadium, that has often proved their nemesis. Taking walks, shut down bullpen, adjusting hitting to circumstances and of course the timely homer have given us a glimpse of who this team is that IMHO is truer than their current record would suggest.

  16. What happened when Doc (I think it was Doc. It was one of ours anyway) took a shot to the face a few years ago? Did they stop play? It wasn’t as bad a situation but as I recall it looked awful.

    • That’s right, happened to Carpenter when he pitched here. I forgot about that.

    • No, it was Doc in Pittsburgh, shortly after Cito was re-hired (maybe the day of). He took one right in the side of the head from Nyjer Morgan (don’t ask me how I remember all this shit, maybe it’s because it scared the living shit out of me). The ball ricocheted directly to Scott Rolen who made the play to first. As Doc was getting up he mouthed the words: “Did we get the out?”. That’s kind of when we knew he was more machine than man (though sadly he is becoming more human these days). He may have missed one start or he was right back in the rotation for his next turn. He was damn lucky though because I think it just missed the temple.

  17. News breaking that Happ will meet with the media at Tropicana Field this afternoon. That’s fucking fantastic.

  18. This is amazing news!

    Let’s all raise a glass to JA tonight (or now if preferred).

  19. Great news!

  20. That really lightens the mood up a lot. Now the Jays can win one for Happ tonight, and I don’t have to worry about being an insensitive clod for thinking about wins and losses anymore.

    Seriously though, I’m happy for Happ and I hope MLB comes up with some head protection that works for pitchers.

  21. I don’t think too much protection for the pitchers is viable, perhaps a stronger lining in their baseball caps, but they can’t really wear some sort of visor protecting their face. You just have to take these incidents, as scary as they are, as a rare and unfortunate part of the game.
    Good for Happ, it sounds like he’ll be back quickly.

  22. They just interviewed a great guy on Baseball Central about this, who was actually informed and researched the subject and all.

    He basically said that:
    a) Kevlar linings are not an option: not thick enough, and the protect the areas of the head that pitchers generally don’t get hit. Real protection requires about half an inch of padding or more and a hard shell.
    b) You’d get the same or better results by training all pitchers how to get into a good fielding position after every pitch so that they can basically always get a glove in the way to at least make the blow a glancing blow.

    No consolation for Happ, but ‘statistically’ nearly all blows are ‘glancing’ blows … such as to Happ last night (ball carries on into outfield), and those are ‘hardly ever’ life or career threatening, even though they look bad. The ones that kill you are very rare, where the ball bounces straight back to the catcher.

    Interesting, because the guy knew what he was talking about and had no interest in portecting the status quo – he was just realistic about risks and ways to protect pitchers.

  23. Happ might have injured his knee as well

    • I just read that too, from @SNBarryDavis
      “A player told me last Happ was concerned with his knee after going down. Had brace on it as he left hospital. #bluejays”

      What kind of shit luck is that? Take a head shot and fuck up your knee.

      • And of course it made me look at the video again. His right leg went awkwardly behind him as he went down. Well, it’s better to have a knee injury that a head injury.

    • Yeah, Barry Davis tweeted he’s on crutches and his knee is bandaged. If the worst thing that comes out of this is some kind of knee fuck-up that’s seriously incredible.

  24. Am I being insensitive now if I wonder who will take his place? He’s certainly banged-up and will miss some starts.

    • Enough time has passed that we can start to speculate on that.

      Miguel Batista and/or Claudio Vargas anyone? Ugh.

      • Looking at the schedule, they need a spot starter for Sunday, then with the two days off next week, the next start could be May 23. So… Vargas Sunday, then Josh Johnson? Please?

        • Cecil?

          • I feel like Cecil’s days as a starter are done. You finally got him going again in the bullpen, why mess with that?

          • It’s only a spot start, not a position in the rotation. A better option than Jo-Jo Vargas/Batista.

            • I kind of want to see Miguel Batista make a start, just so I can confirm with my own eyes that Miguel Batista is still pitching.

            • We don’t know if it’s a spot-start or not. He certainly hurt his knee and maybe will need time to come back from the facial contusion. I think this might be a rotation spot for a couple of months.

              • Well we’re assuming JJ comes back at the end of his DL stint. In which case, Romero is the replacement for Happ and we just need a spot start to bridge that gap. Again, assuming Johnson isn’t out longer and Romero doesn’t implode. Eek.

                • Oh right. I forgot about JJ. However I’m not sure he’ll be back shortly. The team provided optimistic updates on a bunch of injured pitchers including Drabek, Perez, Santos and McGowan(?!). But said nothing at all about Johnson. He’s supposed to come back towards the end of May.

              • Romero will take Happ’s spot, but in the meantime, until Johnson is back, which is probably next week, there’s more than likely going to be a spot start required.

      • Joel Carreno

      • What about Lincoln?

  25. Instead of mandating helmets for pitchers, maybe they could just leave up the cages they use for Batting Practice to protect them?

  26. One thing I have learned from this whole Happ incident is how mature I am and how little sports means in the grand scheme of things.

  27. It’s fascinating to read the responses from pitchers. There’s a wire story on ESPN.com, only one pitcher they interviewed, Jorge De La Rosa on the Rockies, said he’d wear a helmet if they came up with one. Brandon McCarthy said maybe, if they were able to do it right…and he almost died after getting hit in the head! Small sample of interviews, I know, but it gives you a sense of the resistance, at least from veteran pitchers. It’s an uphill battle.

    • Dunno Sharkey,it seems like McCarthy isn’t resistant,he just hasn’t found anything suitable.He’s even tried some of the suggestions.
      http://mlb.si.com/2013/05/07/video-happ-line-drive-head-protector-pitcher/

      • McCarthy literally just tweeted this right now (in 3 tweets): “Anybody taking the hard line stance today that pitchers should be wearing helmets, need to get out their tool kits and make a good one. Otherwise, you’re accomplishing less than nothing. This goes for news organizations especially. There is nothing acceptable out there so the discussion at this point is worthless.”

        • So yeah, basically what RADAR said.

          It’s really hard to argue that stance on the issue. Build it and they will come :p

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  29. great news!!! thank heavens he will be ok.

  30. Wait how did he injure his knee?

  31. The whole debate of stopping play or not is kind of… maybe not as big a debate as we like to think.

    It’s not like they’re waiting to roll a CAT scan machine onto the field. Once they got out there, it was still 10 minutes before they took him off. I don’t mean to sound callous. The whole thing was horrific. Just saying an extra 5 seconds wasn’t that big a deal.

    At the same time the trainers should just run onto the field regardless and let the play continue on around them or let the umps deal with it.

  32. Who gets his next start?

  33. I’m glad Happ appears to have escaped what could have been a much more serious injury. Now, is it just me or have the Jays been the leaders in unusual incidents and events over the last year or two? The Farrell BS, Escobars eye black, the Man in White, etc.

  34. When is JJ back and who gets called up for happ?

  35. Probably on crutches because severe trauma to the ear will effect your equilibrium temporarily… At least we can hope amirite?

  36. I had the same thing happen to me when i was pitching in Little League. Luckily for me there was no brain damage (i think haha).

    Hopefully it’s the same for Happ

  37. Good news on J A, hope he makes expedient recovery from the head and knee injury, with no recurring problems. Thoughts are with his family, friends and the organization.

    Perhaps there could be a pitching form that some can find effective that brings the gloves up near their head area right after they pitch, or end up in a sequence to squarely be in a position to anticipate any line drive hit toward them.

    Just throwing it out there, this kind of injury is too devastating to just let it be a part of the game. Some companies are hard at work in developing a cap liner, but I find it kind of hard to believe in any measurable protection without some extensive structural modifications, something like cyclist helmets.

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