House is a top candidate to make a spot start next week if the team's injury-plagued pitching staff is unable to fill the rotation, Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star reports.
House is 3-1 with an impressive 1.64 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over four starts this season for Triple-A Buffalo. With J.A. Happ (elbow) and Aaron Sanchez (finger) currently shelved, the right-handed House could be in line to make his Blue Jays debut. Mat Latos and Casey Lawrence remain options to fill any gaps, but they've been unimpressive in their early opportunities this year.
House said he is "feeling a bit more normal" after returning to the mound from a scary injury during spring training, Amy Moritz of The Buffalo News reports.
A line drive struck House in the head during a Grapefruit League game against the Tigers, causing the 27-year-old to remain on the ground for 10 minutes before being rushed to the hospital. Monday afternoon, a month to the day of his injury, House returned to game action and tossed five scoreless innings in his season debut. The biggest victory may have been overcoming the fear of returning to the mound. Hearing the ball coming off the bat can cause the left-hander to get a bit jittery, but his sense of normalcy is returning. "I think at this point I've kind of moved on to the stage where it's not as jumpy when the ball comes off the bat," House said. "I'm feeling a bit more normal. It's nice." A few months of solid performances in the minors could certainly push House into the big-league bullpen later this year.
House started 18 games in 2014 for Cleveland, but he's logged just 15.2 innings in the majors over the past two seasons. The southpaw's ability to sit down left-handed hitters, combined with a fine 2.84 career FIP, bodes well for his chances of filling a specialist role out of the Jays' bullpen later this season. Look for House to reappear on the MLB stage by mid-summer.
House (head) said on Twitter that he expects to make a full recovery.
A line drive struck House in the back of the head during Friday's Grapefruit League game and he was taken to the local hospital for a full evaluation. House described it as the scariest moment of his career, but fortunately, it seems he's going to be OK. Manager John Gibbons said House was moving and talking the entire time as they awaited the ambulance.
House was stretchered off the field after being struck in the back of the head by a line drive in Friday's Grapefruit League game, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet reports.
The game was called off after the scary incident and House was immediately taken to a local hospital. The 27-year-old gave a thumbs up to the crowd as he was taken away, though his full status should be updated within the near future. House is competing for a spot in the Blue Jays' bullpen after spending last season in the Cleveland organization.
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