Blue Jays left-hander T.J. House was involved in by far the most frightening incident of the spring – and of any spring in recent memory – when he was hit in the head by a line drive during Friday’s Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.
House was struck in the back of the head by a hard-hit ball off the bat of John Hicks in the ninth inning; the ball flew about 30 feet into the air before being caught by catcher Mike Ohlman. House immediately fell to the ground and stayed down for about 15 minutes before being taken off the field in an ambulance. House gave a thumbs-up to the crowd as he left the field, but there still was serious concern about his condition – so much so that the game was called at that point.
Just a few hours later, however, House shared some great news:
Guys things are looking good. Today's moment was the scariest of my career but after much testing and time I'm going to make a full recovery
That’s unbelievably great news considering how terrifying the situation appeared to be. In fact, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told MLB.com that it was one of the scariest things he’s ever seen on the diamond.
“When I went out there, his face was in his glove, there was blood on his face, blood in the glove — everything.’’
Best of luck to House as he continues to recover – hopefully, he’ll be back on a big-league mound in no time.
House, 27, spent the previous three seasons with the Indians organization. He is 5-7 with a 4.44 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 117.2 career major-league innings and 27 appearances (22 starts).