Game 64: Florida at Toronto pregame
No update on Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay this morning. He was nowhere to be found and his strained right groin was also not available for comment.
Halladay was still undergoing tests and manager Cito Gaston said he Doc’s status was still up in the air. More news might be coming after this afternoon’s game or tomorrow.
“I know about as much as I could tell you last night,” Gaston said. “He’s still got some tests to do. They haven’t been done. Some time today, hopefully.”
Considering the type of injury, it would seem to make sense to have Halladay skip the Interleague slate this coming week. With off-days on consecutive Mondays, that’d give Halladay 10 days off and he’d only miss one start.
If Halladay says he can make his next start – as unlikely as that is to happen — Gaston said his pitcher would not be taking any unneccesary swings in the batter’s box while playing in a National League park.
“We’d use the ol’ take sign,” Gaston said with a smile. “We wouldn’t recommend he swing the bat. I don’t recommend they swing the bat now. We do try to bunt. But, these guys little bit of egos, so they really won’t go up there and just take three. I wouldn’t care if they did.”
The most likely scenario is that Scott Richmond takes Halladay’s original turn on Wednesday in Philadelphia. That would mean that the Blue Jays would need a starter on Saturday, when Richmond was initially slated to go. I highly doubt that Halladay would be starting Saturday.
“Have you guys ever had a groin injury?” Gaston asked reporters. “I don’t think he’ll be able to pitch, myself — I really don’t. If he is, that’s great, but I don’t know. That’s going to be a tough one. I hope he is.
“My side is trying to think about who I’m going to put in his spot right now. Right now, if he’s not able to go, it’s probably Scott Richmond. Then, we have to try to figure out who we’re going to pitch in Washington next Saturday.
“That’s the way I’m thinking right now. I’m hoping he’s going to be OK, but to walk off the field like that – for Doc — there’s got to be something going on.”
1. Chris Coghlan, LF
2. Ross Gload, 1B
3. Hanley Ramirez, SS
4. Jorge Cantu, DH
5. Jeremy Hermida, RF
6. Dan Uggla, 2B
7. John Baker, C
8. Cody Ross, CF
9. Wes Helms, 3B
Starter: LHP Sean West (1-1, 2.22)
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Vernon Wells, CF
4. Adam Lind, LF
5. Kevin Millar, DH
6. Alex Rios, RF
7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. Jose Bautista, 3B
9. Raul Chavez, C
Starter: RHP Casey Janssen (2-2, 5.24)
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