By: Alfonso Diccion
On Tuesday night, the Toronto Blue Jays played the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. It was a 3-1 count on Rays outfielder, Desmond Jennings, and Jennings hit a hard line drive toward Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ. The liner hit Happ’s left side of his head and the hit made a loud “thump!” When the ball hit Happ on the head it went all the way into the bullpen in foul territory half way down the right field line. Jennings ended up on third base with a two-run triple, then stood with his hands on his head watching with the other players who were all concerned about Happ’s condition.
After Happ got hit on the head team trainers, paramedics, medical officials, and Blue Jays manager, John Gibbons, rushed to Happ’s aid as the ballpark became silent. Happ received medical attention for eight minutes, then the left hander was strapped to a stretcher and wheeled off the field through an opening behind home plate. Before Happ left, he raised his right hand saying he was okay, and waved. In response, the crowd gave him a standing ovation and the game resumed after an 11 minute delay.
This injury was the latest to a pitcher struck by a baseball, and Major League Baseball will discuss ways to protect pitchers on the mound.