[video=youtube;7wPJbEfpsJI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wPJbEfpsJI[/video] ST. PETERSBURG -- Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ had to be taken off the field on a stretcher after he was struck in the head by a line drive during the second inning of Tuesday night's game against the Rays. Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings hit a scorching line drive up the middle that struck the left side of Happ's head. The ball was hit so hard that it ricocheted beyond first base and up the right-field line. Happ immediately dropped to the ground while holding his left ear. Replays would later show that when he removed his hand, there was blood that appeared to be coming from either the left side of his face or ear. There was no immediate word on Happ's condition, but he was taken to a local hospital to undergo further evaluations. According to a team spokesman, Happ was conscious at the time of his departure from the ballpark. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons and the club's training staff had to wait for play to be suspended before they could run onto the field. The umpires didn't call for time until the ball was returned to the infield and Jennings had stopped at third base as two runs came around to score. When play eventually was suspended, the team's medical staff was immediately joined on the field by a team of on-site medics. Happ was placed onto a stability board, his head and neck were immobilized and he was then removed from the field on a stretcher. The ball made a sickening sound as it made contact with Happ's head and could be heard throughout the stadium. Blue Jays players sprinted in from all over the field after the play was suspended and stood near the mound. Many of the Blue Jays' players had a look of disbelief and shock. The same could be said for Jennings and the rest of his Rays teammates, as the crowd at Tropicana Field remained silent during the scary incident. Happ did appear to raise his hand from the stretcher just as he was about to be taken off the field. Play was suspended for a total of 11 minutes. The situation was reminiscent of former Oakland right-hander Brandon McCarthy being struck in the head during a game on Sept. 5, 2012. McCarthy was able to walk off the field under his own power, but was later diagnosed with a skull fracture and brain contusion. He had to undergo intensive surgery, but is back in the big leagues this season, pitching for the D-backs.