JA Happ released from hospital after he is hit by Desmond Jennings line drive

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Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings looks on from third base after his line drive hit Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ as he lays on the ground as medical staff and players gather around him during the second inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - It was a sickening sound.

The line drive that hit J.A. Happ in the head so hard the "thwack!" was heard up in the press box at Tropicana Field.

And then, silence.

Desmond Jennings' second-inning liner caromed squarely off the left side of Happ's head. Jennings ended up with a two-run triple, and Happ was taken off the field on a stretcher. The Jays went on to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4.

Watch: Video of Happ's injury
More Video: Happ released from the hospital

He was upgraded overnight from fair to good condition at Bayfront Medical Center, and at about noon Wednesday, Happ was released from the hospital.

10 News Sports reporter Chris Fischer describes Happ as having "a bandage around his head and [he] was on crutches."

Happ's knee appeared injured as well, as the Blue Jays pitcher slowly stepped in to a van taking him away from Bayfront Medical Center.

Major League Baseball says Happ suffered a head contusion and a laceration on his left ear.

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Happ put out a statement Wednesday morning in which he said, "I'm in good spirits. I definitely appreciate the support of the baseball community. It's been overwhelming the messages and kind words I've been getting. I just want to thank everyone for that, and I look forward to getting back out there soon."

Happ will address the media this afternoon at Tropicana Field.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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