09/11/06 10:03 PM ET
Notes: Halladay healing nicely
Jays ace says he's not experiencing stiffness in right elbow
By Jordan Bastian / MLB.com
Halladay has undergone continuous treatment since being struck on his throwing arm with a line drive on Sunday afternoon in Anaheim, and he said the swelling around his joint has gone down. He added that he still believed he'd be able to make his scheduled start on Friday in Toronto.
"It feels good today," Halladay said. "There's not a lot of stiffness or anything like that. I think we're going to be fine staying with that plan."
Halladay hasn't thrown a baseball since his 16th pitch -- a 2-2 offering to Angels left fielder Garret Anderson -- was shot back up the middle and off his arm in the first inning on Sunday, though. An X-ray at Anaheim Memorial Hospital revealed no fracture, but Halladay is going to wait an extra day to resume throwing.
The former American League Cy Young Award winner said Monday would be used to rest his arm, and he'd continue to battle the swelling with ice, compression and stimulation of the muscle around the joint. On Tuesday, Halladay is scheduled to play catch to see how the arm reacts.
"The biggest key was getting out right away and starting treatment," said Halladay, who had a line drive break his left tibia last season. "We kind of jumped the gun on it and really avoided a lot of swelling and stuff like that.
"If you look at it closely, you might be able to see a couple spots. But it doesn't look bad at all. [The ball] got so much bone -- there's not a lot of muscle there. It was probably a good thing."
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was hesitant to say whether or not he felt Halladay could start against Tampa Bay on Friday. That was an assessment that would have to wait another day or two.
"He'll throw a little [on Tuesday] and we'll go from there," Gibbon said.
A Mighty Lind: Adam Lind's performance in the Minor Leagues prompted Toronto to call the 23-year-old outfielder up to the big leagues this month. Now, his numbers with the Blue Jays have earned him some regular playing time.
"If he keeps hitting, we need to find out about him," said Gibbons, who started Lind again on Monday. "You never know what's going to happen here next year."
Entering Monday, Lind had a .412 batting average and five extra-base hits through his first five games in the Majors. On Sunday, the left-handed hitter belted his first career home run -- a two-run shot off Angels rookie phenom Jered Weaver.
"It's just like any other hit," Lind said on Sunday, shaking off the importance of the homer. "I never was really worried about getting my first home run -- it was more about getting that first hit."
So far, Lind has only served as Toronto's designated hitter. Gibbons said that he intends to give him some playing time in left field soon, though.
"I'll get him on the field probably in the next couple of days," Gibbons said. "Those other guys that are here need to play out the season, too, but we'll get him plenty of at-bats -- get him comfortable."
Rios still out: Toronto right fielder Alex Rios was out of the lineup for the third game in a row on Monday. Rios, who is hitting .292 with 16 home runs and 69 RBIs, suffered a bone bruise in his right hand while hitting last week.
"It's getting better," said Gibbons, who added that he wasn't sure whether or not Rios would be able to play during the three-game series in Seattle.
Swept away: All three of Toronto's Class A affiliates -- Dunedin (advanced), Lansing (low level) and Auburn (short season) -- were swept in their respective Minor League playoff series.
Dunedin lost, 6-2, in the third game of a best-of-five series against Port St. Lucie in the Florida State League championship. Lansing dropped the second game of a best-of-three set, 8-2, to West Michigan in the Midwest League's Eastern Division championship. Auburn lost, 4-3, to Tri-City in the New York-Penn League's division finals.
Did you know? Entering Monday, Toronto had won just four of its last 12 games at Safeco Field, dating back to 2004. The last time the Blue Jays played in Seattle, they dropped two of three in the first series of a three-city road trip, in which Toronto went 2-8.
Quotable: "It was obviously pretty clear that there wasn't a whole lot in there. I think that'll probably be the end of that." --Halladay, on possibly needing another X-ray or more tests on his elbow
Coming up: Toronto right-hander Shaun Marcum (2-3, 5.22 ERA) is scheduled to take on Seattle righty Gil Meche (9-8, 4.31 ERA) at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Safeco Field.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.