After last night's horrific injury during, the Blue Jays-Rays game, Toronto pitcher JA Happ is in "good condition" and "good spirits", and could be released from the hospital today. The Tampa Bay Times has the statement from Happ.
"I'm in good spirits. I definitely appreciate the support of the baseball community. 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.''
The Blue Jays also released a couple of tweets about Happ's condition, stating that he suffered a head contusion and laceration to his left ear and that the team anticipated his release from the hospital later today.
When Happ initially got hit by the line drive on Tuesday, flashbacks to Brandon McCarthy and Juan Nicasio each ran through my mind. McCarthy got hit in the head by a line drive last season and needed emergency brain surgery, and Nicasio got hit in the summer of 2011 and ended up fracturing his neck. Thankfully, it looks like Happ's injury isn't nearly as severe as either of those two injuries, and hopefully, he'll be back on the mound soon for the Jays.
[Tampa Bay Times]