Originally created 07/18/04

Halladay to make start as planned

ARLINGTON, Texas - Toronto right-hander Roy Halladay will make his scheduled start on Wednesday in New York against the Yankees despite concerns about his sore shoulder.

Halladay, the reigning AL Cy Young winner, allowed six runs and seven hits over four innings in Friday night's 11-2 loss at Texas, his shortest outing of the season.

Halladay was on the DL because of soreness in his right shoulder and has made seven starts since he was activated on June 12, going 2-3 with a 5.85 ERA. He walked 13 during that span.

"We'll see how he does over the next couple of days and go from there," Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca said before Saturday night's game against Texas. "He's still scheduled to make his next start."

Halladay, 7-7 this season after going 22-7 in 2003, said after Friday night's game that he has a tired arm, but didn't think there was anything seriously wrong. Halladay will have his regular bullpen session on Sunday, but Tosca remains concerned.

"The ball isn't coming out of his hand the way it used to," Tosca said. "His curveball isn't sharp. The location and movement aren't there. It's a get-it-over curve instead of a power pitch for him."

CUBS: Mark Prior threw for about five minutes on a flat surface before the Chicago Cubs played the Milwaukee Brewers.

"For the most part I felt pretty good," Prior said.

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild also was encouraged by the workout.

"He threw pretty much without pain," Rothschild said. "He threw breaking balls, he threw some fastballs with arm acceleration to them, and everything came off pretty well."

Prior, who felt some aches, missed the first two months of the season with a sore right Achilles' tendon and tender elbow. He left Thursday night's game against Milwaukee in the second inning when he felt discomfort in the elbow.

Prior is to throw a more intense bullpen session today. The Cubs haven't decided if he will make his scheduled start Tuesday against NL Central-leading St. Louis.

"It's possible, but I would be very guarded," Rothschild said.

Prior was upset about speculation that he might need Tommy John surgery.

"I know who I report to and I know who my family is as far as this organization is concerned and they know what's going on in this locker room. They know what the facts are, people outside the locker room have no idea what is going on. People are writing irresponsibly and saying things irresponsible. They can say whatever they want, but they don't know the facts," Prior said.

CARDINALS: St. Louis pitcher Mike Lincoln will miss the rest of the season after having elbow ligament replacement surgery.

The right-hander was 3-2 with a 5.19 ERA in 13 relief appearances.

The operation was performed by Dr. George Paletta on Tuesday at Barnes West Hospital in St. Louis. The announcement was made Saturday in Cincinnati, where the Cardinals are playing a four-game series against the Reds.


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