July 9, 2005

Toronto’s Halladay faces month out with leg injury

TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay
will be out of action for at least a month after breaking a
bone in his left leg during Friday's game against the Texas
Rangers, the team announced on Saturday.

Halladay was placed on the 15-day disabled list, with team
officials speculating he could miss up to six weeks after
sustaining a non-displaced fracture in his lower leg when he
was hit by a Kevin Mench line drive in the third inning.

The Toronto ace still managed to throw Mench out at first
base from a sitting position but left the game limping and went
to hospital for x-rays.

The 2003 Cy Young Award winner was enjoying a comeback
season after being on the disabled list twice last season due
to arm problems.

Halladay was 12-4 with a league-leading 2.41 ERA and was
expected to be the starting pitcher for the American League in
Tuesday's All-Star Game at Detroit.

Boston manager Terry Francona, who is in charge of the AL
team, replaced Halladay with one of his own pitchers, Matt
Clement (10-2, 3.85 ERA), and did not commit to naming a
starter for the game.

Toronto recalled pitcher Brandon League from Syracuse.