Tosca hopes ace will be fit by Sunday

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.

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.