J.A. Happ to return to majors Wednesday
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ looks like he’s finally ready to return to the big leagues. Happ hasn’t been on a major league mound since he was struck in the head by a line drive in May. After three underwhelming starts at Triple-A Buffalo the player and team have determined he’s ready to return.
Manager John Gibbons acknowledged to MLB.com that Happ likely would start Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners in Seattle, taking the spot of Todd Redmond, who was recently demoted to the minors.
“He’s solid, he’s healthy. He threw a lot of pitches [Friday night], but that’s what he does,” Gibbons told MLB.com. (ESPN)
Happ himself wasn’t happy with his performances in Buffalo but did say the main objective was to get his pitch count up.
“I feel good,” Happ told The Buffalo News. “Obviously I’d like to have maybe finished the last 1-2 starts here a little sharper than I did, but I do feel good about getting pitch counts up and trying to get endurance back. The waiting game was the toughest thing. It’s just really exciting.” (ESPN)
The good thing here though is that he’s healthy and made a full recover from a frightening incident.