Baby steps for Glaus

KEN FIDLIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

After two weeks of rest and rehab, Troy Glaus will begin to put his tender heel to the test today when he joins the Blue Jays in New York. Glaus isn't eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list until Saturday, but he'll hit with the team and take some ground balls.

A decision will be made Friday or Saturday whether he is ready to return to the lineup.

"If all goes well, he should be able to play on Saturday (against Texas)" general manager J.P. Ricciardi said.

"It's a weird thing, but the heel never was a problem until this spring when Troy started wearing a larger shoe. He had always worn a half-size smaller, but it was pinching his foot slightly. Seems his foot spread out a bit in the larger shoe and this is what resulted."

THOMSON TOUCHED UP

Pitcher John Thomson's first rehab assignment with the single-A Dunedin Blue Jays produced some indifferent results (four innings, eight hits, four runs) but Ricciardi said the Jays will run him out there five or six more times to get a full evaluation before deciding what to do. If or when Thomson gets himself into game shape, the Jays will have to either release him or bring him to the major-league roster.

JO'S DREAM ALIVE

Pitcher David Purcey is off to a strong start with the double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Righthander Purcey is 3-0, having allowed only seven hits and two walks in 20-plus innings. Lefthander Jo Matumoto, the 36-year-old Brazilian of Japanese descent who was signed in the spring, has appeared in four games for the Fisher Cats, allowing three hits in seven innings.

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REPORT CARD

B+ At the plate: Finally broke loose with 15 hits, including a breakout 4-for-5 night for Vernon Wells which included his fourth homer.

A Starter: Roy Halladay allowed only five baserunners -- none via the walk -- in his eight innings while striking out 10 for his third win.

B Bullpen: Shaun Marcum provided a 1-2-3 ninth to wrap up an easy win.


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