Yankees’ Happ sent home with hand, foot and mouth disease

J. A. Happ joined the New York Yankees on July 26, 2018. (Reuters pic)

NEW YORK: 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 on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old Happ has been with the Yankees for just five days since being dealt from Toronto on July 26. He has started once for his new team, defeating the Kansas City Royals on Sunday in his Yankees debut. Happ allowed one run on three hits in six innings in winning for the first time since June 25.

Happ was scheduled to start for New York against the AL East-rival Boston Red Sox on Sunday. The Yankees have not yet announced any corresponding roster move.

For the season Happ is 11-6 with a 4.05 ERA in 21 starts, with 132 strikeouts and 36 walks allowed in 120 innings. Currently in his 12th season, he is 103-82 with a 3.94 ERA and has recorded double figures in wins in each of the past five seasons.

Happ is the second prominent big-league pitcher in New York to recently come down with the ailment. New York Mets star Noah Syndergaard was placed on the disabled list last week after also being diagnosed with the viral disease, which is more common in children.