They don't want to have to make a habit of it.
The AL Cy Young Award winner missed his scheduled start because
of a sore right shoulder Tuesday night, but the Blue Jays got a
two-run homer from Vernon Wells in the sixth inning to help beat
the Seattle Mariners 6-5.
Halladay was scratched after playing catch before the game and
was examined at the ballpark.
"The doctor said he's got something going on in there and we
need take a further look at it," manager Carlos Tosca said. "I
don't want to speculate on anything, I don't want to jump the gun
The Blue Jays will get a second opinion from another physician.
"Someone else will look at him," Tosca said. "We haven't
determined as to where yet. We're going to give it a couple of days
to quiet down."
Halladay, who pitched an AL-leading 266 innings and made a
career-most 36 starts last season when he led the majors with 22
victories. After the game, he was not in the clubhouse and his
packed-up bag sat in his locker.
The Blue Jays open a series at Oakland on Thursday night.
"With Doc ... you feel he can go nine every night," said Jason
Kershner, who came out of the bullpen to start in place of
Halladay. "Obviously, he's got to be hurting not to make his
Carlos Delgado, Toronto's star first baseman who has been
sidelined by a ribcage injury for three straight games, didn't like
hearing the news about Halladay.
"He's our ace and we're going to have to find out what's wrong
with him," Delgado said. "When you have a guy going out there
every fifth day for eight or nine innings, sometimes you take him
for granted. I sure do appreciate him."
But Lopez (1-1) got the victory with 2 1-3 innings of relief
when Wells hit his seventh homer of the season off rookie Clint
Nageotte (0-1), making his major league debut in relief of Gil
Meche. The homer followed a single by Reed Johnson and gave Wells
three RBI for the night.
In the fourth, Nageotte walked Wells and Greg Zaun with the
bases loaded for two runs to give Toronto a 4-2 lead.
The Blue Jays tied the score at 2 in the second when Meche
walked Reed Johnson on a 3-2 pitch to force in Alex Rios with the
The Mariners got a two-run double from Edgar Martinez in the
bottom of the first, to take a 2-1 lead after Johnson's RBI single.
Meche, who has a 1-5 record and a 7.06 ERA, was replaced by
Nageotte after throwing 73 pitches in two innings. He gave up two
runs on three hits and four walks, and struck out four.
"It is frustrating that I have to be the guy going out there
doing it, knowing in the back of my mind that I have good enough
stuff to get everybody out in this league," Meche said. "I'm not
the kind of pitcher I've been showing."
Mariners manager Bob Melvin was asked if he would consider
replacing Meche in the rotation.
"I'm not going to come in here five minutes after the game and
make a decision on what we are going to do," he said. "We'll
sleep on it, talk about it a little bit and see where we go."
Nageotte, called up from Triple-A Tacoma last Friday, gave up
four runs on four hits and four walks, with one strikeout in four
Kershner went 3 2-3 innings, allowing three earned runs on six
hits in his first major league start.
Rookie Jason Frasor pitched the final 1 1-3 innings for his
fourth save in four chances. He got Martinez to fly out with the
bases loaded in the eighth. Frasor hasn't allowed a run in his last
The Blue Jays walked a season-high nine times for the
fourth time this season and the second time in three games. ... The
crowd of 24,848 was the smallest at Safeco Field since it opened in
1999. ... Lopez got his second major league win. ... Kershner, who
last started July 11, 2002, for Portland at Tacoma in a Triple-A
Pacific Coast League game, made his first start in his 87th major
league appearance. ... After receiving four bases-loaded walks in
their first 51 games, the Blue Jays had three Tuesday.