TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays moved pitcher J.A. Happ to the 60-day disabled list yesterday as the lefthander recovers from injuries after being hit in the head by a line drive earlier in this month.
Happ suffered a skull fracture and a sprained right knee when he fell to the ground in pain after being struck behind the left ear by a liner off the bat of Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings on May 7. Happ left the field on the stretcher and spent the night in hospital.
"He's lucky, extremely lucky," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "That ball ended up down in the bullpen."
Gibbons said the decision to move Happ from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL was not due to a setback in the rehabilitation process, but because Happ's knee is still sore. He's now eligible to return in early July.