ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Two scary incidents on the same mound connect them. Healing has Happened, and both have returned. But they plan to remain close, each sympathetic to the challenges the other faced to come back.
Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ and Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb spoke Sunday at Tropicana Field about their connection. Happ, 30, sustained a skull fracture behind his left ear and a right knee sprain when a line drive off the bat of the Rays' Desmond Jennings struck him May 7. Meanwhile, Cobb, 25, sustained a mild concussion when a line drive off the bat of the Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer struck him on the right ear June 15.
Happ has made three starts since returning from his injuries, including pitching 5 13 innings in a victory over the Rays on Saturday. Cobb returned Thursday and pitched five innings in a victory over the Seattle Mariners at Tropicana Field.
Both shared their bond for a few moments before the Rays and Blue Jays closed their...