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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%: 13/9 | Average Draft Position: 352.12
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Blue Jays announce rotation plans


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Blue Jays announced their pitching rotation following the All-Star break. R.A. Dickey will get the ball Friday against the Rangers and be followed by Marcus Stroman, Mark Buehrle, Drew Hutchison and J.A. Happ.

J.A. Happ gives up five runs in loss vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ took a loss Monday, giving up five earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Angels.

Happ (7-5) took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth before getting into trouble, loading the bases with no outs then allowing three runs to cross the plate on two singles and a sacrifice fly. He was then removed, and the bullpen allowed one of the inherited runners to score. It was the third time in Happ's last six starts that he failed to complete five innings. Happ owns a 4.72 ERA and 63:33 K:BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Rays Sunday.


J.A. Happ bounces back for decent outing in no-decision


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Left-hander J.A. Happ locked in after a rocky start Wednesday against the visiting Brewers, allowing his Blue Jays to stay in the game and eventually win.

Happ surrendered four runs in the first three innings, including a three-run third in which Ryan Braun slammed a two-run triple and rode home on a sacrifice fly. But he retired 12 in a row and 14 of 15 before being removed in a tie game. He finished with no walks and four strikeouts.

That alone is remarkable considered the control problems Happ has battled throughout his career. He entered having walked 30 in 65 innings. He will attempt to maintain that control Monday against the Angels.


J.A. Happ tosses seven-plus scoreless innings


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ tossed arguably the finest outing of his season Thursday, in a 7-0 win over the White Sox.

Happ shut the White Sox out while limiting them to just four hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out eight batters and walked two, while throwing a season-high 124 pitches in the win.

Happ improved his record to 7-4 while lowering his ERA more than half a run, to 4.29 with the win. His next start is set for Wednesday against the Brewers. 


J.A. Happ tagged for seven runs in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ struggled through his worst start of the season Saturday, in an 11-1 loss to the Reds.

Happ lasted just four innings in the start despite tossing 99 pitches. He was tagged for eight runs -- seven earned -- on seven hits, one of which went for a home run. He also walked four batters, while striking out five in the loss.

Happ fell to 6-4 on the season, while his ERA rose to 4.87 in 57 1/3 innings. Happ's next start is set for Thursday against the White Sox.


J.A. Happ in control Sunday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ went six-plus innings for the victory Sunday, allowing one run on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Happ (6-3) lowered his ERA to 4.05 while throwing 96 pitches in the 5-2 win over Baltimore.

It was the fourth time in the last five starts that Happ pitched at least six innings. He'll visit the Reds on Saturday.


J.A. Happ pulled in fourth inning in loss Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ took a loss Tuesday, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 4-0 defeat against the Twins.

Happ (5-3) surrendered a two-run home run in the first inning and another couple runs on an infield single in the fourth inning, with the second coming after an error. He owns a 4.37 ERA and 38:24 K:BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings. Happ is scheduled to face the Orioles Sunday.


Tweaking of delivery has helped J.A. Happ


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) John Gibbons has provided an explanation for the resurgence of Blue Jays surprising left-hander J.A. Happ this season.

Happ is 5-2 in seven starts, four of which he gave up three or fewer runs. Though he has mixed in a few duds, he has surrendered 18 earned runs in those seven outings covering 39 1/3 innings. Not bad considering he's coming off three consecutive miserable seasons.

"His velocity was a bit down last year," Gibbons told MLB Network Radio. "We needed to get him to get more grounders (and) moved him to his natural arm slot."


J.A. Happ gets back on track in win over Tigers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ bounced back with a quality start Thursday afternoon against the Tigers, picking up his fifth win of the season. The left-hander yielded three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out two over 6 1/3 innings of a 7-3 victory.

Over his last five starts covering 32 innings, Happ (5-2) has allowed 14 earned runs. He owns a 4.12 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP through 43 2/3 innings of work. He'll look to keep rolling Tuesday at home against Minnesota. He is 2-2 with a 4.21 ERA in five appearances (four starts).

J.A. Happ gets hit hard by Royals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ took a step back on Friday against the Royals, dropping to 4-2 on the year. The southpaw was charged with six runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out six in 7 2/3 innings of a 6-1 defeat.

Happ saw his ERA balloon from 3.34 to 4.10 following Friday's abysmal outing. Over his last three starts covering 19 2/3 innings, Happ has yielded 10 earned runs. He will look to get back on track Thursday at Detroit.

J.A. Happ tosses seven scoreless innings in win


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ won Sunday for the fourth time in five starts, throwing seven scoreless innings in a 3-1 victory over the Athletics. Happ (4-1) struck out seven, walked three and allowed four hits while lowering his ERA to 3.34.

Happ was in complete command, tossing 75 of his 110 pitches for strikes. He'll face the Royals on Friday.


J.A. Happ surrenders four runs in win vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ picked up a win Tuesday after giving up four earned runs on seven hits and two walks in five-plus innings while striking out six in his team's 7-4 win over the Red Sox.

Happ (3-1) was staked to a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth, where he gave up a couple runs on consecutive doubles. He then surrendered a two-run home run with no outs in the sixth before being removed. Happ owns a 4.37 ERA and 20:14 K:BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the A's Sunday.


J.A. Happ much improved in second win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ bounced back from a poor outing with six quality innings Thursday, in a 4-2 win over the Indians.

Happ, who lasted less than three innings in his last starting, was much improved this time around. He tossed a season-high 100 pitches in the start, limiting the Indians to one run on six hits in six innings of work. He struck out four batters and walked two for his second win of the season.

Happ is now 2-1 with a 3.57 ERA in 17 2/3 innings of work this season, including three starts. His next start is set for Wednesday in Boston.   


J.A. Happ has devil of a time against Angels


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Embattled Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ could not take the momentum gained from his last outing and run with it. He was battered Saturday afternoon by the Angels.

Happ, who pitched five shutout innings at Philadelphia on Monday, was hit for four runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings before his removal. He also earned the distinction of giving up the first career run to C.J. Cron. Chris Iannetta took him deep as well. Happ walked one and struck out four.

The left-hander is scheduled to start again Thursday against Cleveland.


J.A. Happ tosses five scoreless innings in win Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ surrendered three hits and four walks Monday but tossed five scoreless innings while striking out two to earn a win in his team's 3-0 victory over the Phillies.

Happ (1-0) was removed after just 80 pitches in his first start of the season, and the team has to be happy with his performance despite the high number of walks. He owns a 1.93 ERA and 6:9 K:BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Angels at home Saturday.


Blue Jays go with six-man roation, add J.A. Happ for Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters Thursday that he'll turn to a six-man rotation and will start J.A. Happ against the Phillies in Philadelphia, the Toronto Star reports. Happ has allowed two runs and three hits over his first 4 1/3 innings of relief this season.

Blue Jays could go with six-man rotation for stretch


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) The Blue Jays are considering going with a six-man rotation for stretches during the upcoming months, as manager John Gibbons told SportsNet.ca Thursday.

With fewer days off in May and June, the team might turn to J.A. Happ for some spot starts moving forward, in order to give the rotation a bit more time to rest. Gibbons mentioned the series opener in Philadelphia May 5 as a possible chance to get Happ into the rotation. The Blue Jays don't have a day off in May until the 20th. 


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.