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J.A. Happ gets hand, foot and mouth disease

J.A. Happ gets hand, foot and mouth disease

The New York Yankees sent home starting pitcher J.A. Happ after the newly acquired left-hander contracted a mild case of hand, foot and mouth disease, general manager Brian Cashman told reporters Tuesday.

The Yankees acquired Happ from the Blue Jays just five days ago. "No one is going to really have an answer to it other than just guessing".

Cashman said it does not yet appear that Happ will be forced to the disabled list, though the Yankees will be monitoring how he recovers in the coming days. He has made one start with the club where he tossed six innings of three-hit, one-run baseball in a 6-3 win over the Royals on Sunday.

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The Mets believed Syndergaard contracted his case of hand, foot and mouth disease working a camp for kids during the All-Star break. That puts into question his upcoming scheduled start against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday.

Symptoms include ulcers, or sores, inside or around the mouth, and a rash or blisters on the hands, feet, legs or buttocks, according to WebMD. "Cashman said it is a mild case", Bryan Hoch tweeted Tuesday evening.

For those wondering, hand foot and mouth disease is a "common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than five years old". "We're taking the necessary precautions, but first and foremost we're doing what's best for J.A. Happ".


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