ST. LOUIS - Roy Halladay likely will be the starting pitcher against the Blue Jays on July 2, the second game of the Philadelphia Phillies' visit to the Rogers Centre.
Halladay is pencilled in to start this Sunday against Oakland. The Phillies then are off Monday before facing the Boston Red Sox in a three-game series.
If the Phillies skip fifth starter Vance Worley on Thursday, Halladay would pitch on Canada Day.
The Jays will honour the Canadian junior national team before the Canada Day game against the Phillies. The Jays will wear Canada Day uniforms that day.
Before the game, the Jays will honour the Canadian Forces, while Rick Hansen, celebrating the 25th anniversary of his Man in Motion world tour, will throw out the first pitch.
On the mend
RHP Casey Janssen (right forearm) threw 30-plus pitches on flat ground Thursday at the Bobby Mattick Training Facility in Dunedin under the supervision of pitching co-ordinator Rick Langford. Janssen was played on the 15-day disabled on June 15.
Dustin Houle of Penticton, B.C., an eighth-round choice, signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, who gave him a $150,000 signing bonus. Houle played for the Canadian junior national team and the Langley Blaze. He╣s the second Canadian to receive a six-figure bonus and the 14th to sign. Three other free agent Canadians have signed.
Lefty Henderson Alvarez, pitching at double-a New Hampshire, was named to the World XM all-star Future Game in Phoenix as part of the all-star celebrations. Lefty James Paxton of Ladner, B.C., who the Jays drafted in 2009 but did not sign, also was named to the World team. Paxton is pitching at class-A Clinton in the Mariners system.
The Jays signed right-hander Kamer Champlin, 21, their 33rd round pick from the Arizona State Sun Devils. He was 9-4 with a 2.85 ERA. In three seasons with Arizona State he went 27-7. The Jays have signed 17 players. Outside of right-hander Joe Musgrove, the 33rd pick overall in the June draft who signed for $500,000, they have yet to sign anyone selected higher than the 18th round.
Windsor lefty Evan Rutckyj made his first start for the rookie-class Gulf Coast League Yankees and was handed the loss against the Blue Jays. The former Windsor Select did not allow an earned run, pitching 4 2/3 innings, allowing two unearned on four hits while walking two and striking out five.
The Yankees gave Rutckyj a $500,000 signing bonus in 2010.