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Happ meets with media in Tampa

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.


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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