J.A. Happ. Now that’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time.
But it turns out that the Jays’ 2016 20-game winner is getting close to a return! To wit:
J.A. Happ expected to need 1-3 rehab starts, per GM Ross Atkins. LHP could be viable big-league option within next 10-15 days #BlueJays
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) May 25, 2017
Happ, who is recovering from elbow inflammation, has only been gone a little over a month, but it’s been long enough that it’s hard to remember he was pretty damned good before going on the DL. In the three starts he’s made so far in 2017, he’s struck out 20 in 16.0 innings and not issued a single walk.
The Jays, who will turn to Mike Bolsinger, Marco Estrada, and Joe Biagini over the weekend against the rickbag Rangers, sure as hell could use him.
With an off-day here on Thursday, the Jays can give the ball to Marcus Stroman again on Monday, but on Tuesday they’ll need someone else, and by then neither Happ nor Francisco Liriano — who is progressing well in his own right, and according to another tweet from Benny Fresh will make a rehab start on Sunday — will be ready.
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) May 24, 2017
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Mat Latos is set to go for the Bisons on Thursday night, which would make Tuesday his next scheduled start.
Funnnnn! Fun stuff! So fun!
UPDATE: In non-sarcastic fun news, Happ’s rehab assignment starts tonight!
J.A. Happ will take the mound tonight for Dunedin in game one of our doubleheader. First pitch at 5:00 PM! pic.twitter.com/AhRJuQPE2d
— Dunedin Blue Jays (@DunedinBlueJays) May 25, 2017