J.A. Happ RUMORS & NEWS

  • Happ stymies Phils in first start of season

    Toronto Star "J.A. Happ’s career in Toronto to this point has been filled mostly with disappointment and frustration. Strictly a starter with the Houston Astros, the 6-foot-6 left-hander was shunted to the Blue Jays’ bullpen upon his arrival via trade midway through the 2012 season. He eventually made a..." May 06

  • Happ survives another scare in first Trop stop since injury, Jays win 6-2

    Toronto Star "Three months ago at this same stadium J.A. Happ was at the centre of one of the scariest scenes imaginable on a baseball field. He lay near-motionless at the foot of the mound blood pooling beside his head after he was struck mere centimetres from his temple with a hard line drive off the bat..." August 18

  • Blue Jays starter is Happ-y to be back

    Toronto Sun "The road back from that scary line drive off his skull turned out to be a lot longer than J.A. Happ anticipated but now that he’s preparing for a start Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners he’s ready to put all that frustration behind him. When Happ was last on a major-league mound at Tampa..." August 07

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    Shi Davidi @ShiDavidi

    J.A. Happ threw his first side session today, making gains in recovery from knee sprain suffered when he was struck by comebacker. #BlueJays

  • Jays' J.A. Happ ready to start throwing outdoors, eyes June return

    ESPN.com "Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ said a package containing a knee brace didn't arrive Thursday as hoped, so Friday will be the earliest he'll try throwing outdoors since he suffered injuries in a graphic May 7 episode. Happ, 30, has been rehabbing at Toronto's minor league complex..." May 24

  • Despite skull fracture, Blue Jays' J.A. Happ feels blessed

    Tampa Bay Times "Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ said he feels fortunate and blessed that he was able to walk out of the hospital today without any serious injury. Happ, 30, speaking for the first time since getting hit by a Desmond Jennings line drive in Tuesday's second inning against the Tampa Bay..." May 09

  • Blue Jays’ Happ takes ball of head, carted off

    Sportsnet.ca "J.A. Happ was hospitalized in stable condition Tuesday night and the Toronto Blue Jays were awaiting word on test results for their left-hander after he took a scorching line drive off the left side of his head. The stomach-turning incident cast a pall over a 6-4 comeback win over the Tampa Bay..." May 08

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Jays Happ in "good condition" this morning, could be released today from Bayfront Medical Center. Was hit by batted ball in #Rays game.

  • J.A. Happ leaves hospital after taking liner to head

    Sportsnet.ca "Happ was released from the hospital around noon E.T. Wednesday. He was walking with crutches and with a brace on his right knee. In a release, the club said Happ suffered a head contusion and laceration to his left ear in the frightening incident from Tuesday night’s 6-4 victory over the Tampa..." May 08

  • Blue Jays: J.A. Happ delivers, signs extension

    Toronto Star "Blue Jays manager John Gibbons maintained all along that left-hander J.A. Happ belonged on the team. Now it’s official. The demotion of left-hander Ricky Romero on Tuesday put Happ in the rotation as the fifth starter. And on Wednesday, after Happ’s start against the Rays, the Jays announced..." March 28

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    Gregor Chisholm @

    BlueJays have signed Happ to a two-year contract worth US $8.9 million for the 2013 (US $3.7 million) and 2014 (US $5.2 million) seasons

  • Jays' Ricky Romero sent to minors

    Toronto Star "As spring training starts go, it was a big one for Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero. Romero, who has gone from No. 1 in the rotation last year to No. 5 in a revamped starting five, has struggled in spring training and needed to step up in his Grapefruit League start against Pittsburgh..." March 26

  • It's just not Happ-ening for J.A.

    Toronto Sun "The Blue Jays have a bit of advice for J.A. Happ — suck it up. On Sunday against the Yankees, Happ didn’t attempt to hide his frustration and disappointment with the Jays that essentially leaves him on the outside looking in. Due to the off-season pitching acquisitions, the Jays have stated..." March 12

  • Blue Jays’ J.A. Happ: “I’m a major-league starter”

    Toronto Star "The first note of frustration and disappointment at this most optimistic Blue Jays spring camp naturally came from J.A. Happ, the odd man out of the club’s off-season bonanza. The towering left-hander, who has spent the bulk of his six major-league seasons as a starting pitcher, was pushed out of..." March 11

  • Jays' Happ frustrated with 6th starter role

    Toronto Sun "J.A. Happ and the Blue Jays are on a collision course. The 30-year-old left-hander who was acquired last year from Houston has grown frustrated with his lot in life in his short stint with the Jays. Following the additions of Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and R.A. Dickey in off-season trades,..." March 11

  • What should the Blue Jays do with J.A. Happ?

    Toronto Star "Everybody agrees that J.A. Happ is a major-league starting pitcher. But the Blue Jays starting rotation is full and there may not even be room in the bullpen for the towering left-hander. “That’s the catch right there,” says Jays manager John Gibbons. Happ is one of the casualties of the..." March 10

  • Jays' Happ starting to round into form

    Toronto Sun "J.A. Happ is preparing like the major league starting pitcher that he is, methodically building his pitch counts and innings to be durable enough to handle the job when the need arises. It really doesn’t matter that he is currently a man without a rotation because if he keeps doing his job in a..." March 06

  • J.A. Happ stuck in spring training limbo

    Toronto Star "For Blue Jays’ sixth starter J.A. Happ, the off-season likely went from one of fist-pumping surprise when GM Alex Anthopoulos pulled off the mega-trade with the Miami Marlins to one of uh-oh realization when R.A. Dickey came on board. Suddenly, the club’s five-man starting rotation seemed set,..." February 27

  • J.A. Happ 'odd man out' in Blue Jays' star-studded rotation

    Sporting News "Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ started more than 20 games each of the past two seasons, but he is unlikely to land a spot in Toronto's new-look rotation, manager John Gibbons tells SportsNet.ca. "Happ really deserves to be starting on a major-league club out there, here he's the odd man out,"..." February 25

  • J.A. Happ up to speed after broken foot

    Toronto Star "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..." February 14

  • Blue Jays' J.A. Happ To Start In AAA

    Bluebird Banter "According to Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, pitcher J.A. Happ will likely begin the season as a starter with the AAA Buffalo Bisons even though he has been an established big league starter since 2009 when he finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year award. The..." January 24

  • Blue Jays sign J.A. Happ to one-year deal

    Toronto Star "The Blue Jays have avoided arbitration with pitcher J.A. Happ, signing the towering left-hander to a one-year deal worth $3.7 million. Happ, 30, was acquired midway through last season from the Houston Astros. He made 10 appearances for Toronto, including six starts, posting a 4.69 ERA with 46..." January 18

  • Happ defies AL-NL theory

    Toronto Sun "Baseball people, especially American League GMs, are often leery of importing pitchers from the NL to the AL. There are obviously exceptions to that rule and J.A. Happ is proving to be one in the short time he has been with the Blue Jays. "J.A. has pitched well for us, progressively in the four..." August 30

  • Happ loses first Jays start

    Toronto Sun "First things first: Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ, making his first start in 20 days, did not appear to be injured when he left Tuesday's game in the fifth inning. "I'm fine," Happ said with a quizzical look. Chad Jenkins, who came in relief for Toronto in the sixth, worked three..." August 08

  • Toronto Blue Jays lose series opener to Tampa Bay Rays, 4-1

    Toronto Star "Granted, J.A. Happ was facing an opponent that had not scored a run in 21 straight innings. But despite the fact the Blue Jays left-hander put an end to that streak, losing 4-1 to James Shields at The Trop, he pitched as well as might have been expected. Happ had not started a game in 22 days,..." August 08

  • Blue Jays, Astros complete 10-player deal

    The Globe and Mail "Toronto Blue Jays manager Alex Anthopoulos got the jump on the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, working out a 10-player trade with the Houston Astros that has landed the American League club three pitchers. The Blue Jays are getting left-handed starter J.A. Happ along with right-handers..." July 20

  • Happ, Lyon among 10 in Blue Jays-Astros swap

    MLB.com "The Astros and Blue Jays made a 10-player trade with the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. Houston will ultimately receive seven players from Toronto in the deal, including two Major League players, right-hander Francisco Cordero and outfielder Ben Francisco, four Minor League players, right-handers..." July 20

  • Happ's magic act leads to sweep of Brewers

    Houston Chronicle "The trouble started, as it is wont to do when J.A. Happ is on the mound, with a walk. Next thing Happ knew, the bases were loaded and one out, with the Milwaukee Brewers' No. 3 and No. 4 hitters coming to the plate. A crowd of 15,173 at Minute Maid Park braced itself for the third-inning..." May 18

  • Brewers hapless vs. Happ

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The best thing about the Milwaukee Brewers' just-completed four-game road trip? The fact that it wasn't six games, because there would have been no telling how much worse things could have gone. It's been that kind of season for the Brewers, who on Thursday night suffered the indignity of..." May 18

  • Marlins 5, Astros 4 (11 innings): Bullpen blows Happ's strong start

    Houston Chronicle "Hanley Ramirez hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning and singled home the winner in the 11th, giving the Marlins a 5-4 win over the Astros and a two-games-to-one edge in the three-game series. The final inning of a series in which every game ended 5-4 got messy after a leadoff single..." April 16

  • Happ opens season in positive frame of mind

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros whittled down their roster to a season-opening 25 on Wednesday with a series of moves that included placing righthanded pitcher Henry Sosa on waivers. Sosa, 26, cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Class AAA Oklahoma City, where he will pitch in the starting rotation. The..." April 05

  • Astros' whittle contenders to Final Four, but should Happ get a free pass?

    Houston Chronicle "In line with the March Madness theme, the Astros announced Tuesday morning that the battle for two remaining spots in the rotation is down to the final four. With that announcement, it appears clear that J.A. Happ will fall in behind Wandy Rodriguez and Bud Norris in the middle of the rotation...." March 21

  • Fine line separates effective Astros lefty Happ from guy who was sent to the minors last season

    Houston Chronicle "The differences between good J.A. Happ and bad J.A. Happ can be so subtle in their cause yet so drastic in their manifestation. In grabbing the attention of the baseball world in 2009 and keying the return package for Roy Oswalt in 2010, Happ was tremendous. In getting himself sent to the..." March 05

  • Happ agrees to one-year contract with Astros

    MLB.com "The Astros reached a contract agreement with left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ on Tuesday, coming to terms on a $2.35 million deal to avoid arbitration. Happ, who earned $474,000 in 2011, was eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career following a rocky season in which he went 6-15..." January 17

  • Astros 5, Phillies 2: Happ's pitching, Barmes' slugging stave off franchise loss record for another day

    Houston Chronicle "Astros lefthander J.A. Happ realizes it's way too late to salvage his stained season in any statistical way, shape or form. About all that's left is to restore his good name with the Astros, to bear the burden of proving he's a better pitcher than his unsavory seasonal statistical line..." September 14

  • Astros 2, Pirates 0: The J.A. Happ redemption tour continues

    Houston Chronicle "As Astros games continue to find significance mostly in their implications for the future, it's hard to find a bigger win of late that Wednesday night's 2-0 victory over the Pirates at Minute Maid Park. J.A. Happ continued his nascent "don't forget about me" campaign with his second consecutive..." September 01

  • Hapless against Happ; Houston sweeps series

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "No National League team has more losses than the Houston Astros. No NL pitcher has more losses than J.A. Happ. But the Astros completed a three-game sweep of the Pirates, capped by a dominating performance by Happ, in a 2-0 win Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. Through it all, it was..." September 01

  • Giants 2, Astros 1: Ex-Astro Keppinger's two-run double spoils Happ's return to rotation

    Houston Chronicle "J.A. Happ didn't sully his good pitching name with one bad night, or two, or three. He did it with the sheer force of repetition – failing behind in counts, getting into a defensive mode, piling up high pitch counts and low out totals, start after start. Happ didn't restore his good name on..." August 27

  • Abreu brings big arm to Astros bullpen

    Houston Chronicle "Lefthander J.A. Happ is three weeks older and three minor league starts wiser than when he last took the mound for the Astros. Happ will take the mound againstface the San Francisco Giants tonight at AT&T Park. His most recent outing for the Astros was a four-inning, six-run beating by the..." August 26

  • Happ set to rejoin Astros rotation

    Houston Chronicle "Lefthander J.A. Happ will be Jordan Lyles' replacement in the Astros starting rotation. Astros manager Brad Mills said Tuesday that the team will recall Happ from Class AAA Oklahoma City in time to start Friday's game against the San Francisco Giants. Righthander Henry Sosa will come back on..." August 24

  • Happ wins with a lot of help from his friends

    Houston Chronicle "The win officially goes to J.A. Happ, and as much as it's a poor metric of individual performance, don't begrudge him that. The poor soul needs one. But the Astros' 7-6 victory Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park was much more on the offense as the bats gave Happ a cushion that he used every bit..." July 20

  • Visit to Dr. Hooton in OKC might be a nice diversion for J.A. Happ

    Houston Chronicle "A simple leadership definition of insanity goes like this: "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Sorry, friends, it may be time to depart from the "same thing" routine with J.A. Happ. He quite obviously doesn't have the confidence and can't get into a..." July 09

  • Happ takes league lead in losses after another walk on the wild side

    Houston Chronicle "J.A. Happ took a baby step forward here, a baby half-step there. Unfortunately for Happ, he's in the major leagues, not a playpen or playground. The small steps forward aren't enough to keep up with the competition. The tentative steps backward have Happ looking lost and confused. Another..." July 08

  • What's happened with Happ? Or has nothing really changed?

    Houston Chronicle "There isn't much for which we're taking credit from the spring prediction season. That pick of the Astros only to be one game worse than last year? Not looking so good. But last night's starter, J.A. Happ, falls into the "don't say you weren't warned" category. Happ built his 3.75 ERA with..." June 22

  • Astros pull Happ from scheduled matchup with Oswalt

    Houston Chronicle "The anticipated Roy Oswalt-J.A. Happ matchup provided as much drama as anyone could have expected, and it hasn't even happened. In fact, it won't happen, at least today. A day after declaring Happ good to go for the start — scheduled for five days after Happ strained his oblique — manager Brad..." April 03

  • As Happ crumbles, Oswalt stumbles toward matchup with former team

    Houston Chronicle "So I took a week to go back to Houston during spring training, and the first full day I was gone, Jason Castro goes and blows out his ACL. Then yesterday, I shortcut the team to Philadelphia and J.A. Happ yanks an oblique muscle. (Don't know what happened when Clint Barmes broke his hand...." March 30

  • Another Astro bites the dust? Happ leaves game with injury, could start season on DL

    Houston Chronicle "Angel Sanchez is on track to be the Astros' opening day shortstop, health willing. Clint Barmes was on track to the opening day shortstop, too, health willing, and broke his left hand last Friday. Astros manager Brad Mills wasn't ready on Tuesday – three whole days before the season opener..." March 30

  • Astros notes: Happ's hoop dreams deferred

    Houston Chronicle "Lyles pleads unlucky 5th In Port St. Lucie, Fla., top pitching prospect Jordan Lyles hit some speed bumps during his three-inning outing in a 7-2 defeat against the New York Mets on Wednesday. Lyles, a 20-year-old righthander, got touched up for two runs on five hits, raising his spring ERA..." March 10

  • Happ in a comfort zone

    Houston Chronicle "J.A. Happ writes righthanded. He bowls and plays tennis with his right hand, kicks with his right foot. He plays golf, dribbles and shoots a basketball lefthanded. Either by happenstance or having the requisite gray matter to have acquired some higher learning at Northwestern, Happ throws..." March 03

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