J.A. Happ Hit In Head By Line Drive


It was one of the scariest moments and sickest sounds you will ever hear. In the second inning of Tuesday’s game, Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ took a line drive off the left side of his head on a ball hit by Tampa Bay’s Desmond Jennings, and the sound — an ugly crunch could be heard inside Tropicana Field. The ball went all the way into the bullpen in foul territory halfway down the right-field line and Happ laid motionless for several minutes.It has been reported that Happ is in stable condition and feeling better this morning, but Major League Baseball (MLB) must move quicker in implementing protective head gear for pitchers. The National Football League has made great strides in player safety in the past few years and now it is time for baseball to do the same. MLB HAS NO EXCUSE TO WAIT! MLB and the players' union have all the resources necessary to implement protective headgear for pitchers. It needs to be a higher priority by everyone involved.     

 MLB News & Notes

  • J.J. Putz left the ninth inning against the Dodgers are a walk to one batter due to elbow stiffness. Since David Hernandez had already pitched in the eighth inning, Heath Bell came on to earn the save. It's not known yet how long Putz will out.
  • Troy Tulowitzki (leg) was not in the Rockies' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Yankees, but says he is not worried about the injury. Tulo was diagnosed with inflammation near his groin muscle following an MRI on Monday. He hopes to return to the lineup today.
  • Joel Hanrahan (forearm) was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a hamstring stain. It is unknown how long before Hanrahan will begin throwing again. Allen Webster was recalled from Triple-A to take Hanrahan's roster spot.
  • C.J. Wilson took his first loss of the season Tuesday night in Houston. Wilson gave up seven runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks. Wilson racked up a season-high 12 strikeouts, as the Angels were defeated by the Astros.
  • Paul Goldschmidt continues to tee off on Dodgers pitching. On Tuesday night, Goldy came up in the ninth inning a the score tied 3-3. During a great 11-pitch battle against Brandon League, Goldschmidt homered  to help the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers 5-3.
  • Rafael Betancourt earned his ninth savethis season in a 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees. Betancourt was able to work around a hit and struck out two in the night inning. There are very few closers that have a firm grip on the job, but Betancourt does right now with the Rockies.
  • Mark Trumbo belted another home run in another Angels lose to the Astros on Tuesday night. It was Trumbo's 9th this year and he continues to be the only Angel that is producing with any consistency.
  • Jayson Werth (hamstring) is improving but was not in the Nationals lineup on Tuesday, but it looks like he could return Wednesday
  • Brandon McCarthy threw his first quality start of the season in Los Angeles on Tuesday. McCarthy allowed three runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings as the Diamondbacks defeated the Dodgers 5-3. McCarthy was not around long enough to earn the win, but it is encouraging to see him turning things around after a disastrous start to the 2013 campaign.