Halladay will have right shoulder examined
A day after saying Halladay was still on track to make his next scheduled start on Wednesday against the New York Yankees, Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca was more doubtful before playing the Texas Rangers on Sunday night.
"It's not likely he'll make the start on Wednesday," Tosca said.
Halladay, the AL Cy Young winner, agreed with his manager.
"I think it's probably the right thing to do now," he said. "It's something I've tried to work through, but I'm not sure what's going on. If there's something there, it might be time to take a break. Even if it's not bad, maybe the rest will help."
Halladay skipped his scheduled bullpen session Sunday. He gave up six runs and seven hits over four innings in Friday night's 11-2 loss to the Rangers, his shortest outing of the season.
Halladay has already been on the DL once this season due to soreness in his right shoulder. He's had seven starts since being activated on June 12, going 2-3 with a 5.85 ERA and 13 walks during than span.
He said there's sporadic tightness and soreness in his throwing shoulder, although his fastball reached 95 mph on Friday night.
"It's hard to put a finger on it," Halladay said. "Sometimes I feel it when I warm up. When I'm around home ... is when I feel it. Each time out, I wait for it to get a little better but it's still not where it needs to be. It's still nagging."
Halladay, 7-7 this season after going 22-7 in 2003, has complained about a tired arm. Tosca has noted that Halladay's curveball has lacked the snap it had last season when Halladay was one of the game's dominant pitchers.
Tosca isn't thrilled over the prospect of losing Halladay for a lengthy stretch.
"I've thought about that," Tosca said. "It's not a lot of fun. But we have to go with the organization's best intentions in mind."
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