August 26, 2005

Halladay ends his season as broken leg slow to heal

TORONTO (Reuters) - Ace pitcher Roy Halladay will miss the
rest of the season after breaking his leg last month, the
Toronto Blue Jays announced on Friday.

Halladay has been sidelined since being hit by a line drive
off the bat of Kevin Mench of the Texas Rangers on July 8.
Originally the club expected him to miss just four to six

But Halladay was pushing toward an early return, even
getting ready to make two starts recently but then canceling
them after he was unable to run well enough.

"It's frustrating," Halladay told reporters. "This is
something that needs to run its own course."

Halladay left the Blue Jays a day early from their road
trip to have a CT scan done on the leg. After the test it was
decided to shut him down for the rest of the season.

The 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner is 12-4 with a 2.41 ERA
this season. He made just 21 starts last season due to a
lingering shoulder injury.