Jays wait for better Halladay offer

Toronto 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 nonwaiver trade deadline is July 31. Ricciardi said July 6 that he would field offers for Halladay, who is signed through 2010 and has a no-trade clause.

“No one has really stepped up yet,” Ricciardi said.

Ricciardi said the deadline is necessary to get an agreement in place for what is likely to be a complicated deal. He also wants the matter resolved before Halladay makes a scheduled start July 29 in Seattle.

“In three days, not much is probably going to happen,” Ricciardi said. “It’s such a magnitude, the trade. He’s got to OK the team he’s going to; we’ve got to agree on prospects. That doesn’t happen, traditionally in baseball, in one hour. I think we need a little more time than that.”

Ricciardi declined to say how many teams have entered the bidding for Halladay, but acknowledged “there’s been enough.”

The AL starter at this month’s All-Star Game, Halladay is 11-3 with a 2.73 ERA in 18 starts. He pitched a six-hitter to beat Boston on Sunday, his first victory since June 7.

Halladay was placed on the 15-day disabled list and missed two turns in the rotation after injuring his groin while pitching against Florida on June 12. He has gone 1-2 in four starts since returning June 28.

Bad back shelves Wakefield

All-Star knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is headed to the disabled list because of a lower back problem. The Boston Red Sox recalled right-hander Clay Buchholz from Triple-A Pawtucket to start in Wakefield’s place tonight in the finale of a three-game series in Texas.

Manager Terry Francona said Wakefield, who turns 43 next week, got hurt throwing on the side Saturday.

Wakefield said he wasn’t exactly sure when he got hurt or when he will try to throw again.

The DL move is retroactive to July 18, meaning Wakefield will be eligible for reinstatement Aug. 2.

Wakefield (11-3) last pitched July 8 against Oakland, when he allowed three runs over six innings for a victory, and is 5-0 his last seven starts.

Short hops

Washington Nationals left-hander Scott Olsen will have surgery Thursday to repair the labrum in his left shoulder and will miss the rest of the season. … The Baltimore Orioles have activated reliever Cla Meredith and optioned right-hander Kam Mickolio to Triple-A Norfolk. Baltimore acquired Meredith from San Diego on Sunday for infielder Oscar Salazar. … The Colorado Rockies activated right-handed reliever Ryan Speier from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and optioned righty Joel Peralta to Triple-A Colorado Springs. … Houston’s Lance Berkman is out of the starting lineup for the next two games with a strained left calf. … The New York Yankees have called up right-hander Sergio Mitre and designated reliever Brett Tomko for assignment. Mitre started Tuesday night against Baltimore. … Sarasota County (Fla.) officials say they’ve reached a tentative agreement that would bring the Orioles to the area for spring training in 2010. … John Danks will miss his start today for the Chicago White Sox against the Tampa Bay Rays because of a blister on his left index finger. Carlos Torres will be called up from Triple-A Charlotte and start in his place. … The San Francisco Giants recalled right-hander Ryan Sadowski from Class A San Jose to start Tuesday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves. The Giants also placed infielder Rich Aurilia on the 15-day disabled list with a right big toe infection.