Halladay may pitch on short rest
If team is in playoff contention, Blue Jays will turn to ace
CHICAGO -- There's plenty of baseball left to be played, and there still is something to play for. As far as Toronto manager Cito Gaston is concerned, the Blue Jays are going to do everything they can to play for it.
That might mean pitching Roy Halladay on three days' rest against the Red Sox in the series finale this weekend.
"Right now I'm just pitching my regular day [on Wednesday], and I think we'll decide what's going on after that," Halladay said. "It's too far ahead for me. I'll pitch [in Chicago], and based on how the series goes here, they'll make that decision."
Depending on how the Red Sox fare against the Rays this week, the Blue Jays may find themselves only a few games back in the Wild Card standings if they play well against the White Sox.
"If we play well here -- say we win three out of four -- I guess it depends on what Tampa Bay does over there with Boston, too," Gaston said. "If they play them well and we play well, then, hey, we're still not out of it.
"I haven't even talked to Doc about it. I think it certainly has to depend on how we play here."
Halladay has only started six games on short rest in his career, posting a 4-2 record and a 3.63 ERA.
Halladay said the preparation for such starts is a bit different, but he's handled the routine well in the past.
"I think more than anything it just changes your work days in between, and you cut out your bullpen," Halladay said. "Other than that I've always felt fine with it."
And if the Blue Jays have a chance for the postseason, Halladay will do whatever it takes to get there.
"Obviously, I think if we have a chance, you got to do whatever you can," he said. "I think it would be a good sign if that were to happen. We got to take care of things here first before that comes into play.
"I think everybody here feels like we're still playing for something and will continue to play that way. I think, as a player, you have to do that. Mathematically, whether you're in it or not, I don't think matters."
David Just is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.