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Blue Jays to put Halladay, Downs on DL

Posted on: June 17, 2009 5:58 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2009 9:38 pm
 
PHILADELPHIA -- It's getting worse for the Blue Jays pitching staff.

The Jays said that they plan to put both top starter Roy Halladay and closer Scott Downs on the disabled list Thursday. Toronto will then have seven pitchers on the major-league DL, including three-fifths of the planned rotation.

Halladay, the major leagues' only 10-game winner, had already been scratched from his scheduled start in Philadelphia because of a groin strain. The Blue Jays had hoped he would be able to pitch Saturday, but those plans were scrapped after he tried to throw this afternoon. Halladay will be eligible to come off the DL on June 28, and the Jays hope he'll be able to return then.

"When I'm on flat ground or long-tossing, it feels good," Halladay told reporters today. "But it's different when you're going downhill. There's a little bit extra stride length, and I think that's where I felt more of the tightness. In 18-20 pitches you can tell, 'I don't quite feel 100 percent. So let's stop and be smart about it.' That's kind of what we did.''

Downs, 8 for 9 in save situations since taking over as the Blue Jays closer, sprained his left great toe while running the bases in the 10th inning Tuesday night. Manager Cito Gaston said he'll likely try Jason Frasor as closer in Downs' absence.

Gaston also repeated his dislike for the system that forces American League pitchers to bat when games are played in National League parks.

"To me, if you're going to play interleague, use the DH," Gaston said.

At one point last year, the Blue Jays had a rotation of Halladay, A.J. Burnett, Jesse Litsch, Shaun Marcum and Dustin McGowan. Now, four of those five are on the DL, and Burnett is pitching for the Yankees. The Jays also have Casey Janssen and Robert Ray on the disabled list.




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Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2009 12:47 pm
 

Blue Jays to put Halladay, Downs on DL

I think it is time to end interleague play.  The novelty has worn off.  And its 4/5th of the Jays planned rotation on the DL, not the 3/5th mentioned in the article.

I don't know how they are going to continue to play over .500 but they have surprised us this far with Tallett, Richmond and Romero being pleasant surprises.


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