Camp Report: Halladay in Complete Control

Halladay was in control Tuesday

In today's spring training report we take a look at Roy Halladay's second start of the spring, update the injury of Justin Speier, as he throws off flat ground, and Reed Johnson hitting off a tee. We also spotlight John-Ford Griffin's quest to make a solid impression while he can this spring, and more.

Second time out of the gate, it was much more like the Roy Halladay of old.

After an uncharacteristic shaky start to his spring training, Halladay made his second start of the spring Tuesday and looked in complete control.

The Blue Jays ace went three scoreless innings against Cincinnati, allowing just one hit, a Felipe Lopez single to left. Halladay immediately made amends, catching Lopez in a rundown.

There was one other potentially dicey moment in the first when Scott Hatteberg's comebacker hit Halladay on the foot.

It was nowhere near the line drive that ended Halladay's season last year with a broken tibia on July 8.

"I don't know where it hit me. I think it hit me on the bottom of the shoe, but I didn't feel it," Halladay said.

Halladay said his location was much improved from his first spring game, when he gave up four hits that led to four unearned runs.

"There were a few balls, the base hit and the one that came back at me were more middle of the plate, but the second and third innings, I felt I was able to locate better," he said.

Halladay needed just 25 pitches, including 18 strikes, to get through the three innings.

The 6-3 win over the Reds was the Jays' first official victory of the spring. They were the lone major league team still winless heading into the day.

"We got off the schneid today," manager John Gibbons. "We tried not to, but we got it done."

Gibbons was referring to a bases-loaded, none-out ninth which Jays right-hander Ismael Ramirez escaped with a key double play that limited the Reds to just one run in the inning.

NEWS AND QUOTES

--RHP Justin Speier threw off flat ground for the first time this spring without a splint in his middle finger.

The Jays are hoping Speier can throw off a mound by the end of this week. Speier, who tore the tendon in his middle finger last September, re-injured it his first day in camp.

--OF Reed Johnson hit off a tee and hit some soft toss in the batting cages Tuesday. Johnson is coming along after straining his elbow during pre-spring training workouts. There is no set timetable for his return to game action.

--OF John-Ford Griffin continues to take advantage of the opportunity the World Baseball Classic has given him. With three of their outfielders at the tournament, the Jays are giving plenty of their minor-leaguers at-bats they might not normally get. Griffin, with another two-hit afternoon Tuesday, is hitting .667 for the spring with a homer and two doubles.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- The number of errors -- all coming with the regulars still in the game -- the Jays committed in their first spring training game of the Grapefruit League season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "A homer a day keeps the bench away." -- Jays manager John Gibbons on suddenly hot OF Alex Rios.

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