Ian Happ got a close-up look at his injury Thursday that scared Chicago Cubs fans.
“You’ve been through moments like that before where you’ve taken one off the cheek or the eye or something,” Happ said Saturday before returning to the leadoff spot for the first game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.
“But that was one where I definitely felt the lace (of the baseball) actually touch the eyeball, so it was a little bit of a scary moment.”
Losing Happ — who entered Saturday hitting .311 with 10 home runs and 22 RBIs and ranked third in the majors with a 1.068 OPS — for an extended period would have been a serious blow to the Cubs. And there were plenty of uncertain moments until Happ was treated by the Cubs’ medical staff and doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.