Shoulder Strain Sends Roy Halladay to DL

Injuries have been plaguing the Philadelphia Phillies for the past couple of seasons, and they don’t seem to be letting up. With the offensive struggles, exacerbated by the injuries to Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, the only thing the Phillies felt they were able to count on was their pitching. That, however, seemed to change when Cliff Lee strained his oblique and went on the Disabled List earlier this season. Although he did return, Vance Worley quickly followed in his footsteps and was also place on the 15-Day DL with problems in his pitching arm.

The Phillies organization hoped that would be the last pitcher they would have to place on the DL, but earlier today that dream fell apart. Roy Halladay, the 8-time All-Star and 2-time Cy Young winner, was placed on the DL and his expected to miss 6-8 weeks, a decent chunk of the season. The Phillies were hoping they could finally turn a corner after some early season struggles, but thanks to this injury that will be harder then ever.

Misch pitches for the Phils Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs. The former Mets’ lefy is candidate to replace Halladay.

Halladay, who is having his worst season since joining the Phillies, is 4-5 with a 3.98 ERA. He only threw 2 innings last time out against the Cardinals, giving up a grand-slam before he was removed because of shoulder discomfort. This injury may not come as a surprise to many as there were many concerns about Halladay’s velocity during spring training and during the past couple of games.

Following the announcement plus that of Carlos Ruiz’ injury situation, catcher Eric Kratz was called up from Triple-A and will be with the team during Tuesday’s game against the Mets. A short term fix with Halladay out will most likely come from a pitcher in Triple-A, possibly Pat Misch. When Worley re-joins the club, the situation will be somewhat fixed as Kyle Kendrick—coming off of a complete game shut-out—will move to the fifth spot in the rotation.


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