Ailing Doc: Phillies' Roy Halladay on DL
Former Blue Jay has 8.65 ERA
The Philadelphia Phillies have placed two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay on the 15-day disabled list because of an injured right shoulder.
Manager Charlie Manuel said Halladay had travelled to Los Angeles, where he was scheduled to be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum on Tuesday.
"I'm sure he'll find out his problem tomorrow," said Manuel, noting he appreciated the pitcher's will to do his job despite the shoulder injury. "I've been around the game a long time and I never liked to tell someone I couldn't play. I played with a broken arm, I played with a whole lot of things. I got hit in the face and my lip was over my eye and I missed one day. … Yeah, I understand that.
"He felt like he could go out there and still pitch. He wasn't thinking about pitching bad, he wanted to try. He's an upstanding guy, he's a straight guy. There should be more guys like that."
Halladay was replaced on the roster by left-hander Joe Savery, recalled from triple-A Lehigh Valley in time to join the club before the start of a three-game series in San Francisco.
"He's on our team and we'll use him when we have to," Manuel said.
Yet the Phillies hadn't decided how to cover what would have been Halladay's next turn to pitch, Friday at Arizona. Manuel didn't speak with Halladay on Sunday night during the team's cross-country trip, saying Halladay was sleeping when the skipper walked back to see him.
Halladay is 2-4 with an 8.65 earned-run average in seven starts this season. He allowed nine runs in 2 1/3 innings against Miami on Sunday, an eventual 14-2 Phillies defeat. He also threw a pitch behind a batter.
The 35-year-old right-hander is in the final season of his contract with the Phillies, making $20 million US this year.
After the game Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, acknowledged he has been pitching with a sore shoulder.
"It's not something that I had before," Halladay said. "It's something new this year. I felt good all spring. I had soreness in there and just wasn't able to get rid of it."
The right-hander said he started feeling discomfort the morning after an April 24 outing against Pittsburgh. He has made two ineffective starts since.
Miami rookie and former Blue Jay Adeiny Hechavarria hit a grand slam and a bases-loaded triple off Halladay, who had his worst start since his own rookie season with Toronto in 1999.
Halladay (2-4) has given up at least five earned runs in four of his seven starts this season.
The eight-time all-star, who has the most complete games (67) and shutouts (20) of any active pitcher, had 35 wins since Slowey's last one. But he hasn't resembled that pitcher for most of this season.
The Phillies have been outscored 28-4 in Halladay’s last two starts.
On Sunday, Halladay exited to a mixture of boos and cheers, though the majority of the crowd politely applauded.
The nine earned runs were the second-most of his career, topped only by the 11 he gave up as a rookie with Toronto in a 17-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on April 29, 1999.