Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi still hasn’t received an appropriate trade offer for Roy Halladay, and has set a July 28 deadline to complete a deal for the 2003 Cy Young Award winner.
“At this point, it’s probably unlikely that we’ll trade Doc,” Ricciardi said Tuesday.
Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is July 31. Ricciardi said July 6 he would field offers for Halladay, who is signed through 2010 and has a full no-trade clause.
The A.L. starter at this month’s All-Star Game, Halladay is 11-3 with a 2.73 ERA in 18 starts.
Martinez moves closer
Pedro Martinez has taken a “really big step” forward after throwing 64 pitches over four innings in a simulated game.
The Philadelphia Phillies’ new right-hander faced hitters for the first time in 11 days and afterward said he was excited about the outing.
The 37-year-old Martinez is on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder strain. He will throw off a bullpen mound Thursday, and if that goes well, will have another simulated game or pitch in a minor league game Sunday.
Fan testifies of pain
A fan who says he was hit by a baseball hurled by a minor league pitcher during an on-field brawl testified that he had a throbbing headache and swelling for days afterward.
Chris McCarthy, 45, of Middletown, Ohio, testified for the prosecution in the trial of Julio Castillo, who is charged with felonious assault. Castillo, a 22-year-old pitcher from the Dominican Republic, has pleaded not guilty.
Castillo was pitching for the Peoria Chiefs against the Dayton Dragons when a bench-clearing brawl broke out last July.
Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum has been suspended three games and fined an undisclosed sum for yelling at umpires after a game in Cincinnati.
Baseball disciplinarian Bob Watson cited Sveum’s “inappropriate and aggressive actions” toward the umpires after the Reds’ 5-3 win Sunday night.
Clearing the bases
The Boston Red Sox placed pitcher Tim Wakefield on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back problem and recalled pitcher Clay Buchholz from Triple-A Pawtucket. …The New York Yankees called up pitcher Sergio Mitre and designated reliever Brett Tomko for assignment.
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