One More Minor League Start for Halladay

One More Minor League Start for Halladay

In today's Camp Report we spotlight Roy Halladay's start at minor league camp on Thursday. We also talk to Halladay about his next start, which again will be with Triple-A Syracuse, and if it affects his preparation for the season. Gustavo Chacin has pitched seven innings and has not allowed a run, and has changed his mechanics this season. All this and much more in today's Camp Report.

Right-hander Roy Halladay, the Blue Jays' Opening Day starter, threw six innings Thursday in a Triple-A game against Tampa Bay.

Halladay will be facing the Devil Rays in his second start of the regular season, and the Jays didn't want to give their hitters a fresh look at him.

It will be more of the same for Halladay in his final spring training tune-up Tuesday when the Jays play host to Minnesota.

The Jays and Halladay will host Minnesota on Opening Day, April 4, so on Tuesday Halladay will once again pitch in a minor league game.

It's not the ideal way to prepare for the regular season, but Halladay gets what he can out of it.

"From building up from a stamina point of view, it couldn't have gone any better," Halladay said of his six-inning, 85-pitch outing. "Having a couple of innings where I had to grind through was good. It takes a lot of extra mental effort to go and pitch there without a lot of things that normally are around in a big-league game. It's a lot more work.

"I don't mind doing it. The most important thing is you have to judge your execution of pitches more so than results because it's hard to tell the way they hit the ball. You have to judge yourself on your location more than results. As long as you can do that, evaluate yourself and make changes based on that, I think you're going to be fine."

NEWS AND QUOTES

--LHP Gustavo Chacin had a solid outing against Pittsburgh in his first start back since playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.

In three innings, 44 pitches, Chacin allowed one hit, walked three and struck out three. It was the third appearance for the left-hander, who will have two more starts this spring before the regular season starts.

In seven innings, Chacin has yet to allow a run.

Chacin made an adjustment after the first inning, when he walked two batters.

"I talked to Brad (Arnsberg, the Jays pitching coach), and he fixed my mechanics," Chacin said. "I dropped my arm a little, and he told me to get over the top. It fixed it right away."

C Bengie Molina thinks Chacin should be ready for the opening week.

"Tonight he looked like he was right there," Molina said. "He's very close to being ready. He's getting back into game shape."

--LHP B.J. Ryan had his most impressive outing of the spring, striking out the three Pittsburgh batters he faced.

He said it's just a matter of getting his mechanics down pat.

"I felt in sync," Ryan said. "One thing I work hard on (during spring training) is to know what I'm doing wrong. I have to be able to fix it on the fly."

--The Blue Jays' lineup Wednesday against a right-handed starter had SS Russ Adams batting first followed by LF Frank Catalanotto, CF Vernon Wells, 3B Troy Glaus, 1B Lyle Overbay, DH Shea Hillenbrand, C Bengie Molina, RF Eric Hinske and 2B Aaron Hill.

Against a left-hander Thursday, the batting order was Adams, LF Reed Johnson, Wells, Glaus, Overbay, Hillenbrand, Molina, RF Alex Rios and Hill.

--LHP Scott Downs, who has been away from camp to be at home with his wife for the birth of their daughter, returned Thursday night and is available to make Friday's start against Cleveland. Downs is being stretched out to be a fill-in starter in the likely event that RHP A.J. Burnett won't be able to start the season on time. Burnett was shut down Saturday when he experienced pain in his right elbow. An MRI showed it was scar tissue breaking down and nothing more. Burnett will play catch Friday and be reassessed.

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