J.A. Happ, sixth on the Blue Jays depth chart among starters, said Thursday that his off-season was a nightmare after foot surgery.
Happ suffered a broken bone in his left foot and required two screws inserted on top, in front of the ankle. The procedure was needed, Happ said, because of a problem that was aggravated in a game in New York last September. A bone split down the middle, almost in two.
“I’m preparing like normal now,” Happ said, “but I was rehabbing up to the time I got here (spring training).”
After the operation in Charlotte, N.C., last fall, Happ said he couldn’t walk normally for almost a month, and couldn’t run until January. He was able to continue parts of his throwing program, though, and expects to be ready when spring training games begin next Friday.