Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 5/8/13
The baseball world let out a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday morning, after the Toronto Blue Jays reported that pitcher J.A. Happ was in good condition after taking a line drive off his head during Tuesday night’s game. The Blue Jays sent out a series of tweets early Wednesday saying that Happ had suffered a head contusion and lacerations to his left ear when he took a line drive off the bat of the Rays’ Desmond Jennings. Despite being removed from the field on a stretcher, Happ is expected to be released from the hospital later on Wednesday. MEDICAL UPDATE: JA HAPP left last night’s game after hit on left side of head by a batted ball and was taken to hospital for testing.— Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) May 08, 2013 He was responsive and doing well after suffering a head contusion and a laceration to his left ear.— Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) May 08, 2013 We anticipate that he will be discharged today after testing and will provide an update later on with further information.— Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) May 08, 2013 According to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, Happ arrived at Bayfront Medical Center in fair condition, and was upgraded to “good” around 6 a.m. Happ also released a statement through the hospital, expressing his appreciation for the support of the baseball community. “I’m in good spirits, I definitely appreciate the support of the baseball community,” said Happ. “It’s been overwhelming the messages and kind words I’ve been getting. I just want to thank everyone for that, and I look forward to getting back out there soon.”

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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