Toronto Blue Jays’ Pitcher Won’t Finish Season Because of Ankle Injury

Posted on Sep 26, 2012

Southpaw and American Leaguenewcomer J.A. Happ has had a good season, but unfortunately, it’s going to end in surgery.

Happ’s first pitching season with the Toronto Blue Jays took a turn for the worse when he suffered a painful right ankle injury while covering first base at Yankee Stadium on August 29. He underwent several medical tests in New York and was cleared to pitch the following Monday in Baltimore. 

Manager John Farrell said the pain in Happ’s foot didn’t go away, so follow-up tests were done when the team returned home. Happ, 29, underwent a CAT scan and another MRI, which revealed a fracture in his right ankle.

"The play at first base irritated his ankle, where he was feeling the discomfort at the time, and when that discomfort lingered, we had an MRI done,” Farrell told reporters. “In New York, when he was examined, the X-rays were negative, yet the discomfort wasn't thoroughly going away. … At this point, the recommendation is to have surgery, and his season is over." 

A few of the team’s other starters also have suffered major injuries since the season began. Drew Hutchison and Kyle Drabek both underwent Tommy John surgery that kept them out of the rotation for the year, while Brandon Morrow returned in late August after spending the majority of the summer recovering from an oblique injury.

Here at Healthmark Foot & Ankle Associates, we treat many patients who come to us with ankle sprains. Sprains can range in severity from a mild injury that results in some pain, tenderness, and swelling to a severe injury, such as Happ’s, in which the ligament has been torn or ruptured and surgery is required to repair the damaged ligament. 

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