Jays Watch: Doc set for Saturday start

Phillies starter Roy Halladay delivers a pitch to the Rangers in Philadelphia, Penn., May 20, 2011....

Phillies starter Roy Halladay delivers a pitch to the Rangers in Philadelphia, Penn., May 20, 2011. (TIM SHAFFER/Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:10 PM ET

ST. LOUIS - The Philadelphia Phillies say Roy Halladay will start Saturday at the Rogers Centre.

The Phils had to insert Howie Kendrick into the rotation to replace the injured Roy Oswalt (back).

Zach Stewart will make his fourth start for the Jays.

Halladay is 10-3 with a 2.40 ERA after pitching a complete game against the Oakland A’s Sunday.

Injury update

Travis Snider has passed all the impact testing after being hit on the brim of his helmet and suffering a concussion at triple-A Las Vegas. Manager John Farrell said Snider’s symptoms were behind him.

Snider will begin athletic activities and start swinging Monday. The Jays hope to him in the lineup by July 1.

Drabek reading

Manager Farrell on right-hander Kyle Drabek’s 46-pitch outing at Vegas Friday as he allowed five runs on two homers in 2/3 of an inning against Reno: “The frustration was held in check, but the walks, home runs and pitch count put us in a grey area. You get that deep into an inning you don’t want to extend a pitcher we have great value of, way too far.”

It was Drabek’s first outing without his cutter.

A sweep

“We must have won the first two games of a series five times,” said Farrell. “It was good to finally finish a series with a sweep. And it was all Ricky Romero.”

The Jays' sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals was their first since May 27-29 against the Chicago White Sox and first on the road since May 13-13 in Minnesota.

Romero, who retired the first 10 Cardinals in order before allowing a one-out single to Skip Schumaker in the fourth, ran his scoreless streak against the Cardinals to 17 innings, the second-longest to start a pitcher's career. Houston Astros right-hander Bud Norris began his career with 24 scoreless against St. Louis.

Batting ninth

After two days of hitting the pitcher in the No. 8 spot in the order, Cards manager Tony La Russa had Kyle McClellan hitting ninth Sunday.

“I can see the merits of it once you get through the batting order once, you have the chance of one, two or three guys being on base for either Matt Holliday or Lance Berkman,” La Russa said.

Back to .500

With the win Sunday the Jays are 39-39 and back to sea level.

They’re 5-4 on the trip heading into Monday night’s finale at Commerica Park against the Detroit Tigers, a make-up date of a May rain out.

The Jays conclude their interleague schedule when they host the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates and the Phillies.


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