Halladay avoids disabled list

The Blue Jays do not plan on placing ace Roy Halladay on the 15-day disabled list. An MRI exam on Saturday afternoon confirmed that the pitcher suffered a mild right groin strain and he is considered day-to-day.

Halladay (10-1, 2.53 ERA) will not make his next start, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday in Philadelphia. Right-hander Scott Richmond will take Halladay’s turn for that outing against the Phillies.

Toronto will need a starter for its Interleague tilt on the road against the Nationals on Saturday, June 20. Halladay may or may not take the hill for that contest, depending on how he is feeling. If he skips that turn as well, Halladay would potentially have at least 10 days off between outings with team off-days scheduled for Monday and June 22.

Halladay exited his start on Friday night against the Marlins in Toronto after throwing two pitches to Jeremy Hermida to open the fourth inning. Halladay felt a sharp pain in his groin on the second offering — a 93 mph fastball — and still had discomfort during a subsequent warmup pitch.

~JB

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