Monday, June 29, 2009

Halladay returns from DL tonight!

Roy Halladay is returning to the Blue Jays active roster tonight, determined to put the groin strain behind him and give the Blue Birds starting staff a much needed lift. Halladay's return couldn't have come at a better time because the Jays start a critical stretch of 9 games that sees Toronto duking it out against the Tampa Bay Rays (twice) and the New York Yankees.

Doc has been on the DL for the past couple of weeks but his 10 wins are still good enough for a share of the American League lead in victories. In each of his first 13 starts before the injury, Halladay lasted at least 7 innings, spinning three complete games. His return to health should provide a much needed break for a relief corps that has been taxed of late due to short outings by some of the rookie starters.

The Jays held their own, somewhat, despite the absence of their ace, sporting a 7-7 record. However, to challenge in the ultra competitive A.L. East, Toronto has to be better than that, and Halladay will provide the boost that the team needs. It all starts tonight against the defending American League champion Rays.

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