J.A. Happ won a career-high 20 games in 2016, tying him for second in MLB, while posting a career-best 3.18 ERA that was good for sixth-best in the AL. He also set personal records in games started (32) and innings pitched (195), while his 1.17 WHIP was good for 10th in the AL. It should be noted that he also benefitted from 6.9 runs of support per start, second-most in MLB, en route to his 20-win campaign. The wins masked some of the 33-year-old's fairly pedestrian numbers, such as a 7.5 K/9 and 2.8 K/BB. Happ also posted a weak 4.01 FIP and was somewhat lucky with a low .268 BABIP, which was fifth-best among AL starters. Most indicators would suggest that the 11-year veteran had a very fortunate season, and Happ's performance moving forward will likely regress back near his career averages. He is a valuable pitcher, but the draft day price tag may be a little unreasonable.
Happ (elbow) threw 30-40 times Saturday and everything went well, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. While Happ remains without a firm timetable for a return, Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker called the session "very encouraging" and said Saturday "was a real good day," so things seem to be looking up. The Blue Jays still want to make absolutely sure all of the inflammation is gone before activating him, so it may be a bit of a waiting game, but his recent progress is a good sign.
Happ (elbow) has no return date set yet, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. Manager John Gibbons said Happ didn't have a setback but is "just not ready to crank it up yet." The southpaw is not as far along as fellow starter Aaron Sanchez (finger), who's on track to return Sunday. Happ, meanwhile, may need more time to prove the inflammation in his elbow subsides before being trusted in a major-league start. This plan is all about patience, and Happ's fantasy owners may be in for a long wait.
Happ (elbow) felt discomfort after Thursday's throwing session and is likely to miss a second start as a result, Sportsnet reports. Despite throwing just 20 pitches, Happ was not feeling right after playing catch Thursday. Pitching coach Pete Walker said the club wants to make absolutely sure the inflammation in his elbow is gone before they push him forward in his rehabilitation. Walker said it would likely be "a few days," which would mean Happ would be on pace to return to the Blue Jays in the first week of May.
Happ (elbow) threw 20 pitches from 60 feet Thursday, The Athletic's John Lott reports. This was a light throwing session, and neither Happ nor pitching coach Pete Walker wanted to comment to Lott about the session. He is dealing with inflammation in his left elbow, and is without any kind of firm timetable for a return or a rehab assignment. Mat Latos and Casey Lawrence were confirmed as the two fill-in starters this weekend for Happ and Aaron Sanchez (finger).
Happ (elbow) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. This isn't much of a surprise, as Happ was expected to land on the disabled list after exiting his last start due to elbow inflammation. The Blue Jays don't believe the injury will keep the 34-year-old sidelined too long, though he'll be forced to miss his next start. Toronto will likely turn to its minor-league ranks for a pair of starters to fill in for Happ and injured Aaron Sanchez (finger), with T.J. House, Casey Lawrence and Mat Latos being possible options at the Triple-A level.
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