Fever. Sore throat. Painful blisters inside the mouth. Irritability. Rashes on various parts of the body. These are just a few of the symptoms associated with hand, foot, and mouth disease, a malady the baseball world had a good laugh over after Noah Syndergaard went down with it earlier this month.
Yankees fans likely aren’t laughing at their rivals now after one of their own, lefty JA Happ, was sent home with a case of his own Tuesday. His status for Sunday’s eight-hour game against the Red Sox is now uncertain:
J.A. Happ was sent home Tuesday due to contracting hand, foot and mouth disease. That could result in the lefty starter not being able to face the Red Sox on Saturdayat Fenway Park
— George A. King III (@GeorgeAKingIII) July 31, 2018
Yankees GM Brian Cashman says Happ has a “mild” form of the virus:
Brian Cashman confirms that J.A. Happ has contracted hand, foot and mouth disease. He went to NY Presbyterian this afternoon and was sent home. Cashman said it is a mild case.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 31, 2018
He has yet to be placed on the disabled list, though Syndergaard had a stint on the 10-day and has yet to return.
Happ was acquired from the Blue Jays last week and made his first start for the Yankees Sunday. He’ll join Aaron Judge on the DL, and will likely be quarantined away from the squad until further notice.