Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay is expected to miss six toeight weeks because of a strained right shoulder, the latest majorsetback for the five-time NL East champions. Halladay was put on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, two daysafter he was hit hard and pulled from a start in St. Louis afterjust two innings because of shoulder soreness. The two-time Cy Young winner will be shut down for a minimum ofthree weeks, then work toward rejoining the rotation, Philliesassistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. Proefrock said tests done in Philadelphia indicated Halladaydoesn't need surgery to recover and that the injury doesn't affecthis rotator cuff. |
"We hate to have him down, but it's nothing that requires anythingother than rest," Proefrock said. Halladay is 4-5 with a 3.98 ERA in 11 starts. He has pitched atleast 220 innings in each of the past six seasons, and four timesled the league in innings. His 72 1-3 innings this year tiedHouston's Wandy Rodriguez for the NL lead. The move with Halladay was made retroactive to Monday.
Catcher ErikKratz was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Minutes before the injury was announced as a Grade I/Grade IIstrain of the latissimus dorsi, Phillies manager Charlie Manuelsaid he thought Halladay needed a break. Halladay has "thrown a lot of bullets over his career," Manuelsaid, suggesting the 35-year-old pitcher could step back for a bitand still be dominant. The durable Halladay had not been on the DLbecause of shoulder trouble since 2004. "He's got to get well," Manuel said.
The injury came with the Phillies at 26-24 and tied with Atlantafor last in the division, four games behind Washington. Philadelphia has managed to stay close minus All-Star hitters RyanHoward (Achilles tendon) and Chase Utley (knee), who haven't playedat all this season. Manuel said he harboured hope that his sluggingfirst baseman and smooth-fielding second baseman would be back atsome point this year. As for Halladay's absence, "it would hurt us," Manuel said. "Howmuch, I really don't know." The Phillies have relied on their pitching, particularly theirrotation, to stick solidly in contention.
Vance Worley, who is onthe DL and hasn't started since May 11 because of elbow trouble,threw his first bullpen session since the injury before Tuesday'sgame. Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Joe Blanton and Kyle Kendrick remain in therotation, and there are a few potential replacements at AAA,including former big leaguers Dave Bush and Scott Elarton. Another possible fill-in could be former Phillies star Roy Oswalt,who is a free agent and has attracted interest from severalcontenders. "Yeah, we can always use pitching," Manuel said, while adding, "I'mnot [GM] Ruben Amaro to get another." Halladay initially felt discomfort in his shoulder last Tuesday ina start against Washington but worked through it.
He cut back onhis throwing regimen before his next outing, but was tagged byYadier Molina's grand slam in St. Louis. Halladay began the season by throwing eight strong innings in a 1-0win at Pittsburgh on opening day and seemed fine until blowing a6-0 lead against Atlanta on May 2. He's 1-3 since then and thePhillies have lost four of his five starts.
The eight-time All-Star came to the Phillies in a trade withToronto before the 2010 season and got a $60 million US, three-yearcontract. Halladay pitched a perfect game against the Marlins inthat first season with Philadelphia, and later that year threw ano-hitter against Cincinnati in his first career post-seasonouting. The Phillies won the 2008 World Series and hoped to capture anothercrown after adding Halladay. But Philadelphia lost to the eventualchampion San Francisco Giants in the 2010 NL championship series,then Halladay lost to Chris Carpenter and St.
Louis 1-0 in thedeciding Game 5 of the 2011 division series.
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