The Doc Out 6-8 Weeks

By: Chris Dommermuth

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay has been placed on the disabled list and is expected to miss anywhere from 6-8 weeks with a strained-right shoulder. This comes two days after his Sunday start in which he was yanked early and hit hard in just two innings against the St. Louis Cardinals.

This is just another set-back for a team that has arguably the best talent in the National League. The Phillies were staying afloat with a below avergae offense that has missed key pieces all season like Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.

The Phillies will shut down the 2-time Cy Young award winner for at least 3 weeks before he’ll be able to even think about throwing again.

“We hate to have him down, but it’s nothing that requires anything other than rest,” Phillies assistant general manager, Scott Proefrock said.

Halladay has not been his dominant self this season having just a 3.98 ERA while going 4-5. That would be the highest ERA he has posted in 5 five seasons.

The Phillies will move forward with their rotation consisting of Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, and Kyle Kendrick. Vance Worley, who was placed on the disable list a couple of weeks ago, threw his first bullpen session on Sunday, looks to be back on track soon.

For now it looks like the Phillies will use either Scott Elarton or Dave Bush to fill the void in the rotation. Any hope that they’d bring back Roy Oswalt also ended Tuesday when he decided to sign with the Texas Rangers.

Catcher Erik Kratz was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.


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