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Blue Jays’ Lilly May Miss a Start

July 25, 2005

TORONTO (AP) _ Blue Jays left-hander Ted Lilly could miss his next scheduled start after leaving Sunday’s game with a sore shoulder.

``Hopefully, at worse he’ll miss a turn,″ general manager J.P. Ricciardi told The Associated Press on Monday.

Lilly left Sunday’s 6-5 loss to Kansas City after four innings because of pain in his pitching shoulder. He was to see a doctor in Toronto on Monday, but Ricciardi said they don’t believe the problem to be serious.

``We don’t think it is,″ Ricciardi said. ``If he misses a start, hopefully he makes the next one.″

Lilly first felt pain on Saturday while pitching on the side. He felt it again while warming up Sunday and then whenever he threw his fastball in the game. He didn’t tell the team about it until afterward, something that upset both Ricciardi and manager John Gibbons.

``It would have been nice to know,″ Ricciardi said.

The Blue Jays are already missing ace Roy Halladay, who is expected to miss at least another week with a broken bone in his left leg.

Lilly is 8-9 with a 5.52 ERA. He missed all of spring training with shoulder tendinitis.

Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells also left Sunday’s game early after fouling a ball off his left shin in the fifth inning, but Ricciardi said Wells will play in Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels.

``He’s fine,″ Ricciardi said.

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