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Happ surprised he broke his right foot

Happ surprised he broke his right foot

Happ surprised he broke his right foot
BOSTON -- Left-hander J.A. Happ was back with the Blue Jays on Saturday, a day after it became known he was headed for season-ending surgery.

Happ will have two screws placed in his right foot to repair a fracture when he visits Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., likely some time next week. Happ wore a boot on his foot Saturday and said the severity of the injury surprised him just as much as everyone else.

"Yeah, I was definitely surprised," Happ said. "I was feeling something in there. I wasn't sure exactly what it was, but I didn't think that it would be broke."

When exactly it broke still isn't clear. The working theory is that when he broke off the mound to cover first base in his second-to-last start, Aug. 29 in New York, there was some damage done. But the fracture may well have occurred gradually.

"It could've been something that started small and maybe in New York got bigger," Happ said. "The initial break over there [from the mound] is when I felt it. It wasn't the running or hitting the bag."

Happ said he'll be ready for Spring Training and that the foot will be non-weight bearing for about four to six weeks, leading into the rehab process. He and manager John Farrell talked Saturday about the positives Happ showed, and Farrell wanted to reinforce that Happ's time in the rotation wasn't looked at as an experiment.

"I feel fortunate that I did have the time here that I did have," said Happ, who went 3-2 with a 4.69 ERA in 40 1/3 innings after Houston traded him to Toronto. "It's certainly frustrating. The way I feel like I've been throwing the ball, I definitely would have loved to have finished this season strong. Unfortunately this is kind of the hand I was dealt. I'm definitely looking forward to going into Spring [Training], and hopefully I've made a good impression."

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