Jays ace Halladay back in rotation

Blue Jays right-hander Roy Halladay, out since June 12 with a mild groin strain, was activated from the disabled list on Sunday and will start Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Halladay declared he was ready to start after throwing a 54-pitch session on Friday. He also threw in the bullpen Tuesday.

Halladay (10-1) is tied with Minnesota's Kevin Slowey for the major league lead in wins and has won seven straight decisions. His ERA of 2.53 is third lowest in the AL.

Halladay left a June 12 outing against Florida two pitches into the fourth inning due to a sore groin, the only time in 14 starts this season he has not gone at least seven. He felt discomfort after throwing again in Philadelphia last Wednesday and was placed on the disabled list retroactive to June 13.

The Blue Jays optioned left-hander Brad Mills back to Triple-A Las Vegas after Saturday's game. Mills had a 14.09 ERA in two games with Toronto.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.