Tosca hopes ace will be fit by Sunday

Updated: June 2, 2004, 1:47 AM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- AL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay missed his scheduled start for Toronto against Seattle on Tuesday night because of a sore right shoulder.

Roy Halladay
Starting Pitcher
Toronto Blue Jays
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Halladay, 5-4 with a 3.58 ERA in 11 starts this season, will be examined by a doctor in Seattle. Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca hopes Halladay will be able to pitch by Sunday.

"There's a little discomfort in there," manager Carlos Tosca said. "We're just not going to take any chances."

Halladay, 26, was replaced Tuesday by left-hander Jason Kershner, who has made 19 relief appearances for the Blue Jays this season. He had never started a game in the major leagues.

Halladay has pitched in 78 innings this season after leading the AL in innings last season with 266. Last Thursday in Toronto, he pitched 8 2/3 innings in a 3-2 win over Anaheim.

Also Tuesday, the Blue Jays placed right-hander Justin Miller on the 15-day disabled list because of a torn right hamstring. The Blue Jays purchased the contract of right-hander Josh Towers from Triple-A Syracuse and designated right-hander Jesse Harper for assignment. Toronto has 10 days to trade Towers, send him outright to the minors or place him on waivers for the purpose of his unconditional release.

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