Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ was hit on the left side of the head by a line drive off the bat of Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings in the second inning Tuesday night. Though Happ didn't appear to lose consciousness, he was bleeding from the point of impact. After lying still (but not motionless, an important distinction) at the foot of the mound for roughly five minutes while being attended to by emergency medical technicians, he was strapped to an immobilizing backboard and wheeled away on a gurney.
After a day to think about it and to hear some sides of the argument, I have come to the conclusion that I am behind Brett Lawrie on this incident 100-percent.
When Lawrie went to first base on what he first thought was ball four, Miller called strike two. Umpires don’t like it when players trot to first base before a call was made. So I think maybe Miller then started to conjure up his own vendetta against Lawrie.
Lawrie was wrong on that part but that doesn’t mean Miller has the right to make it personal. On the next pitch, which was clearly ball four, Miller called Lawrie out looking.