The Philadelphia Phllies have placed starting pitcher Roy Halladay on the 15-day DL with a strained right lat muscle, and he will be out for six to eight weeks. That would put him out of commission for the Phillies until mid to late July, which is absolutely not what this team needed at this point in time. Halladay left Saturday’s start against the Cardinals in the first inning after experiencing soreness in his shoulder.
This is bad for the Phillies…very bad. Vance Worley is already out with elbow soreness, but threw a bullpen session today, and experienced no pain. Worley’s visit with Dr James Andrews went well, and he won’t need Tommy John surgery (well, yet).
But Worley isn’t ready to go yet, and the Phillies are going to need to replace Halladay. One option is Roy Oswalt, whose odds I handicapped at signing with the Phillies (and five other teams) earlier today. The options to replace Halladay in AAA Lehigh Valley are largely veteran sludge that can’t succeed in the majors (Dave Bush, Pat Misch, Scott Elarton), but top prospect Tyler Cloyd is at the level, and pitching pretty well (2.15 ERA, 29 K, 10 BB at Lehigh Valley, 1.80 ERA, 3 BB, 20 K at Reading), and the 25 year-old is the most logical in-house option to take Halladay’s rotation spot until Worley is ready to return.
Whatever ends up happening with the Phillies, this is not the news they wanted to hear. Of their “three aces”, only Cole Hamels has remained healthy…and he’s the only one not under contract for next year. Halladay joins fellow high-priced Phillies Ryan Howard and Chase Utley on the DL this year.
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