Toronto pitcher J.A. Happ crumpled to the ground after being hit in the head by a line drive during the Blue Jays’ game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Happ lay writhing in pain on the mound and play had to be stopped for several minutes as medics attended to him.
He eventually had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.
Now, the Associated Press says Happ has been discharged from the hospital…
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ has been released from a Florida hospital, a day after he was hit on the head by a line drive.
Bayfront Medical Center said in a statement that Happ was discharged after being upgraded from fair to good condition on Wednesday. Happ was taken there after being struck on the left side of the head during Tuesday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Blue Jays said Happ was responsive and feeling better after sustaining a head bruise and cut to his the left ear.
The hospital released a statement from the pitcher, who said he was in good spirits and appreciated the support he had received from “the baseball community.”
So will this cause Major League Baseball to take a closer look at how they protect their pitchers? One can only hope.
Check out the hard-to-watch video below.