Forgot Log-in or  Password? |  Help  Not a member, Register Now!
      
Fantasy Football Today
2013 Draft Prep Guide
Gameday Inactives
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Get Your Draft Board
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Red Zone Stats
Teams
Schedules
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Playoff Challenge
Commissioner
Prize Leagues
Free
Office Pool Manager
Game Pick'em
Player Challenge
Fantasy Baseball Today
2014 Draft Prep Guide
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Rankings
Projections
Teams
Schedules
Probable Pitchers
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injuries
Projections
Rankings
Teams
Schedules
Message Boards
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Teams
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Downloadable Draft Kit
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Teams
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
No Fantasy Teams Found
 
player photo
 
48 J.A. Happ SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/205 | Birthdate: 10/19/1982 | Birthplace: Peru, IL | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Toronto | College: Northwestern | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $3,700,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 365.86
TOR

Latest Updates

 

J.A. Happ not pleased with bullpen role


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ is set to pitch out of the bullpen in his return from a back injury, and he told MLB.com Tuesday he wasn't thrilled about his role.

"Not great," Happ said. "It's not necessarily what I prepared to do but if the phone rings and it's me, I'm going to try and get guys out and take it from there. Other than that, I don't have a lot to say about the bullpen role."

Happ was expected to have a guaranteed rotation job out of the spring, but the injury clearly caused a change of plans. He will likely pitch in long relief, and could be the first option if a spot opens up to start.

"I see myself as a starter, I don't think that's any secret," Happ said. "I want to be a starter in the Major Leagues. That's that."


J.A. Happ to pitch out of Blue Jays' bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said pitcher J.A. Happ (back) will be activated off the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday's game at Minnesota. However, he will not join the rotation and will pitch out of the bullpen.

J.A. Happ stays sharp in second rehab start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ looked sharp in his second rehab start Thursday at Triple-A Buffalo.

Happ worked past a solo home run and allowed just one run on five hits and two walks while striking out six in 4 2/3 innings pitched. He has surrendered just three earned runs over 9 2/3 innings in two rehab starts.

Happ was placed on the disabled list with a back injury after giving up 16 earned runs in seven innings this spring. The Blue Jays have not established a concrete timetable for his return.

J.A. Happ to continue rehab assignment Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ will continue his rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A, according to Sportsnet. 

Happ was expected to throw about 70 pitches in his first rehab start Saturday. He was initially expected to slot into the rotation once he gets health, but general manager Alex Anthopoulos expressed some doubt about Happ's role recently. 


Blue Jays pair move forward in recovery on Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Two Blue Jays on the disabled list are taking steps forward in their recovery.

Right-hander J.A. Happ (back) is scheduld to throw 70 pitches Saturday in a rehab start for Class-A Dunedin. Shortstop Jose Reyes took ground balls and could take batting practice as well.


J.A. Happ not guaranteed spot in rotation when healthy


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ is not guaranteed to return to the rotation when he's ready to be activated from the disabled list, MLB.com reports.

"We'll deal with all of that," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "Look, hopefully, like anything, we have five starters that are rolling and they're winning all of their games and we have too many starters. That would be a great problem to have. I would sign up for that right now. But you deal with those things as they come. Every day something else could happen, in the next 10 days, two weeks, you can't plan that far ahead."

Happ was placed on the disabled list with a back injury after giving up 16 earned runs in seven innings this spring. It was believed he could open the season in the bullpen before the DL move was announced. Happ threw a bullpen session Wednesday and will continue to work his way back.


J.A. Happ placed on 15-day disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) The Blue Jays have placed pitcher J.A. Happ on the 15-day disabled list.

Happ is dealing with a back injury, which has hindered his performance in camp. He's allowed 16 earned runs in just 7 innings this spring due to the issue. Happ is expected to rejoin the rotation once he's healthy.


GM: J.A. Happ destined for return to rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos plans on embattled pitcher J.A. Happ returning to the starting rotation as soon as he recovers from a back injury, per the National Post.

"I see him getting healthy and being back in the rotation, absolutely," he said.

That might not happen if replacement Dustin McGowan performs well, especially considering Happ has been a disaster on the mound the last three seasons and into this spring. He struggled to the tune of a 20.57 ERA and equally absurd 4.29 WHIP in four exhibition starts.


Back injury sends J.A. Happ to DL to begin season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) The Blue Jays announced Wednesday pitcher J.A. Happ will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list due to lower back tightness. Happ had a brutal spring, going 0-2 with a 20.57 ERA and 4.29 WHIP in four starts.

J.A. Happ pounded again Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was pounded again Tuesday against the Pirates.

Happ tossed just three innings, but allowed 12 hits and seven runs. He struck out three hitters, and did not issue a walk. Happ allowed five of the runs himself before being removed from the game during the fourth inning. Esmil Rogers gave up the other two runs, which wound up being charged to Happ. 

Prior to this start, Happ had posted a 20.25 ERA in 4 spring innings. He's still expected to open the year in the rotation.


J.A. Happ wild and terrible again Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ again showed why Wednesday some are questioning his inclusion in the starting rotation. He was rocked by a weak-hitting Philadelphia team for three runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings. Happ also walked four and threw just 34 of 71 pitches for strikes. Yet his ERA actually shrunk to 20.25.

Happ has walked nine and given up nine hits in four innings this spring, but has received a vote of confience from John Gibbons.


J.A. Happ expected to be part of Toronto rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ might not be having an ideal spring, as he missed time due to back stiffness and his ERA is at 40.50 through two appearances. However, Toronto manager John Gibbons said Sunday he expects Happ to be part of the opening day rotation, per the National Post.

"I’m a big Happ fan," Gibbons said.


J.A. Happ happy with Friday performance


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) Blue Jays rotation possibility and perennial disappointment J.A. Happ provided some encouragement Friday, though he did it in a minor league game. The 31-year-old southpaw pitched three innings of shutout ball with one walk and two strikeouts.

More important is that he experienced no pain in his back, which has been an issue. His fastball peaked at 92-93 mph.


J.A. Happ to pitch in a minor-league game soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ is expected to pitch in a minor-league game soon, according to Sportsnet.

Happ is dealing with a back injury, and just returned to action. Manager John Gibbons said Happ is a guy the team is "counting on." Happ's injury has opened a spot in the rotation for Drew Hutchison. Happ posted a 4.56 ERA in 92 2/3 innings last season.


J.A. Happ, Casey Janssen return to activity for Jays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Two key Blue Jays pitchers hurled side sessions Wednesday as they continue to recover from injuries. Starter J.A. Happ (back) and closer Casey Janssen (shoulder) could return to game action soon if they prove themselves healthy.

The health of Janssen is more important after he recorded saves in 34 of 36 chances a year ago and locked himself into that role.

Happ has been a tremendous disappointment since his breakout season of 2009 with Philadelphia. He has averaged nearly one walk every two innings in the last four years combined. His status as a starter has not been solidified despite the Jays' lack of success adding to their rotation. He is fighting for the fifth spot.


J.A. Happ shut down with back stiffness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ has been shut down for a few days due to back stiffness, the Toronto Sun reports.

"Those kinds of things, if you keep pushing and you aggravate it, the next thing you know you’re on the DL and you won’t be ready to start the season," manager John Gibbons said. "You’re always banged up in this business. A back is kind of a different thing. It affects everything you do when it tightens up like that. When it gets to the point where it’s affecting your performance, you’ve got to back off a little bit. You want guys to be mentally tough and play through some of that but at this time of year when you’re just trying to get ready to start the season, you’ve got to be smart, too. He said he could go back out there and keep pushing but that doesn’t make much sense. We kind of forced him to shut it down."

Happ wanted to pitch through the discomfort Friday, but the team vetoed his wish. He has surrendered six earned runs in 1 1/3 innings while striking out three and walking five in two appearances.


J.A. Happ bumped from Saturday start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) The Blue Jays have bumped pitcher J.A. Happ from his start Saturday.

Happ has been bumped in order to "give him some rest." The team has not announced when Happ will pitch again. Happ posted a 4.56 ERA in 92 2/3 innings last year.


J.A. Hap struggles with control in four-run outing


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ couldn't escape the first inning in his second spring start Monday, giving up four earned runs on two hits and four walks while recording just one out in his team's 12-2 loss to the Twins.

Happ walked four straight batters after a throwing error allowed Twins second baseman Brian Dozier to score on his own double. Happ will need to do better this spring to make the team's rotation after going 5-7 with a 4.56 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 77:45 K:BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings last season.


Blue Jays pitchers get work in before game called due to rain


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) The Blue Jays/Phillies spring opener was stopped after 6 1/2 innings Wednesday because of rain. However, it was still plenty of time for three pitchers who hope to be in the Blue Jays' rotation to make their first spring training appearances.

J.A. Happ, who should be in the rotation come opening day, struggled in his spring debut. He was taggged for two runs on four hits and one walk in one inning of work. However, Happ did record three strikeouts.

Happ was replaced in the second inning by Todd Redmond, who is competing for the final spot in the team's rotation. Redmond (1-0) actually earned the win thanks to two scoreless innings in a 4-3 victory for Toronto. He didn't allow a hit or walk, while striking out one.

Kyle Drabek, who is also competing for the final spot in the rotation, replaced Redmond. He recorded a hold, as he allowed one run on one hit and three walks in 1 2/3 innings. Drabek recorded one strikeout.


Same old J.A. Happ suffers through typically wild Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) The career struggles to keep his pitch count down and couple his ability to strike out batters with getting through scoreless innings remained a problem Wednesday for Blue Jays right-hander J.A. Happ.

Happ threw 37 pitches in the Grapefruit League opener against Philadelphia. He gave up two runs on four hits and struck out the side in his one inning. Happ is no longer the encouraging prospect he was with the Phillies several years ago. He is 21-33 in his last three seasons with ERAs ranging from 4.56 to 5.35. He is averaging five walks per nine innings during that time.

He is currently locked in as the fourth starter for the Jays, but a terrible spring could knock him out of the rotation.


J.A. Happ to start first exhibition game for Jays


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2014) J.A. Happ is not the ace of the Blue Jays staff, but he will start the Grapefruit League opener next Wednesday against the Phillies. Happ is penciled in as the fourth starter heading into the exhibition schedule.

J.A. Happ alters delivery to improve control


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Perennial prospect and disappointment J.A. Happ has lowered his arm angle on his delivery to improve his location within the strike zone. The 31-year-old Blue Jays left-hander, whose overhand delivery has resulted in nothing but failure at the major league level, claims he can already feel the difference early in spring training.

"It's freeing my arm up, and my arm's working a little bit better," he told MLB.com. "I'm not fighting myself trying to get over the top with my higher arm slot. It's something we're working on. I worked on it all offseason, starting to feel more and more comfortable. ... It feels a little more fluid, I guess."

Happ is slotted as the fourth starter. He is 21-33 in his last three seasons with an ERA no lower than 4.56. He has also walked four batters per nine innings during the course of his career.


Jays GM: We were never close to signing free agent starter


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) The offseason clock ticked by while many waited in anticipation for the Blue Jays to sign a free agent pitcher. It hasn't happened - and general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated Thursday that it won't. His words seem to preclude any possibility of the Jays signing Ervin Santana .

Anthopoloulos told the National Post that his team never came close to landing one. He added that the Jays nearly made a trade or two, but couldn't finalize those deals. 

Toronto is lacking depth in the starting rotation. Perennial disappointment J.A. Happ is currently listed as the fourth starter with Kyle Drabek, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, right behind him. They appear to be safe if they perform well in spring training.


J.A. Happ finishes season on high note


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2013) Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ had a solid finish to his season with a win over Tampa Bay Sunday at home. Happ threw 113 pitches and gave up just one run over 7 1/3 outstanding innings to stop the Rays. 

Happ gave up just five hits and one walk during his time on the mound. He struck out four and earned the win to finish his year at 5-7 with a 4.56 ERA. Happ spent much time on the DL this season due to a scary comebacker. He wasn't himself in the second half as he's gone just 2-5 over his last eight outings. 

Still, Happ has proven a reliable starter for Toronto and should be part of the rotation next year. The 30-year-old struck out 77 over 92 2/3 innings pitched this season. 


J.A. Happ takes loss Monday in Chicago


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2013) Toronto starter J.A. Happ took the ball Monday night at Chicago. He was done in by the long ball as he suffered his seventh loss of the season.

Happ (4-7) gave up three runs on eight hits -- including two homers -- and three walks over five innings. He threw 110 pitches and struck out five batters. His ERA is at 4.85.

Happ suffered a scary injury this season and the Blue Jays are just happy to have him finishing out the season healthy. He makes his final start of the season on Saturday against Tampa Bay.