A simply horrifying turn of events in Tuesday night's Toronto-Tampa Bay game: Jays starter J.A. Happ was wheeled off on a stretcher in the second inning after being struck flush on the side of the head by a Desmond Jennings line drive.
Late Tuesday night, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times tweeted that Happ was in stable condition and undergoing tests at a St. Petersburg hospital.
As for the play in question, please be warned that the following footage will be disturbing for some:
Moments after impact, Happ appeared to be bleeding profusely from his ear or the area around his ear. He was attended to on the field for several minutes by training staff and eventually by paramedics. As mentioned, Happ was stabilized and then wheeled off the field of play. As he was taken away, Happ appeared to move his hands repeatedly, which would presumably be a good sign.
Also, some sympathetic thoughts from Brandon McCarthy's wife Amanda, who has, of course, been through this:
Just got back on twitter. Thoughts go out to Happ and his family. Such a scary moment...— Amanda McCarthy (@Mrs_McCarthy32) May 8, 2013