Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Halladay placed on DL, out 6-to-8 weeks

Roy Halladay will but shut down for a minimum of three weeks and isn't expected to return to the Phillies rotation for six-to-eight weeks.

That's the reality of the medical exam and the ensuing roster move that sent the two-time Cy Young Award winner to the disabled list Tuesday.

Two days after leaving his start in St. Louis after two innings due to shoulder pain, Halladay was examined at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson Hospital. He was diagnosed with a Grade 1/Grade 2 right latissimus dorsi strain. 

While good news may be difficult to grasp when you lose a pitcher of Roy Halladay's caliber for what could be two months, there is no structural damage in the 35-year-old's shoulder and he will not need surgery.

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

The Phillies recalled catcher Erik Kratz to take Halladay's spot on the 25-man roster. Kratz will give the Phils some insurance as Carlos Ruiz battled back from a hamstring injury; Ruiz is out of the lineup tonight but is expected to be available to pinch hit and return to regular starting duty Wednesday.

The Phils could choose to give Ruiz an extra day though, since they're off Thursday.

Thursday's off day also gives the Phils a little flexibility: they can use four starters on regular rest through the next week. They won't need a fifth starter until Wednesday, June 6.

By that time, Vance Worley (elbow) could be ready to rejoin the rotation. Worley threw his first bullpen session since landing on the DL three weeks ago this afternoon at Citi Field.

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