by Amy Moritz
Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ met with reporters this afternoon in Tampa Bay, less than 24 hours after one of the worst nightmares in baseball -- a line drive back to the mound that hit Happ in the head.
He left the field on a stretch and was taken to a nearby hospital. He was released this morning.
In the presser with media members in Tampa, Happ said that he suffered a small fracture behind his ear and that he had stitches in his ear. The injuries were not serious or life threatening.
On the play, he also tweaked his knee and will have further tests to determine the damage. Sportsnet reporter Shi Davidi noted in his Twitter feed that Happ "limped on and off dais" at the press conference.
Happ also said he watched the replay and joked that he thought he made a good pitch. He spoke with Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings, telling the centerfielder that he knew it wasn't his fault. Happ will likely stay in the Bay area for further tests, although he said he does not have a concussion.
The Blue Jays moved Happ to the disabled list and purchased the contract of Edgar Gonzalez, who was scheduled to start Thursday for the Bisons. Gonzalez was 1-0 with a 5.49 ERA for the Herd this season.