Phillies' Roy Halladay Lands on the DL

Roy Halladay will be on the DL for at least 15 days Photo: Roy Halladay pitches against the Marlins/AP Alan Diaz

LOS ANGELES, May 7, 2013 — Philadelphia Phillies starter, Roy Halladay, has finally landed on the 15-day DL due to an inflamed right shoulder. Halladay, 35, is 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA and 1.46 WHIP through seven games this season.

The future Hall of Fame pitcher started the season with question marks after a horrendous spring.  And after two more bad starts to start the season, those doubts started to turn into serious concerns about Halladay’s health and future.

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Normally a perennial steady Eddie, Halladay looked human in 2012 going 11-8 with a 4.49 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in just 156 1/3 innings. He also spent some time on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle.

It looked as though Halladay turned a corner after those first two starts of the season. He went 2-0 in his next three starts with a 1.71 ERA. According to the Associated Press, Halladay said he felt discomfort in his throwing shoulder the day after he made the last of those three good starts.

The next game he pitched was Sunday when he went 3 2/3 innings against the Miami Marlins and gave up eight runs to the team that has scored the least amount of runs in the National League.

Roy Halladay will see Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles today to find out the extent of the injury. Savory Joe Savery will take Halladay’s spot in the rotation for now.

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“I’m sure he’ll find out his problem tomorrow,” said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, “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. 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.”

Roy Halladay has been one of the most reliable pitchers throughout his career. In an era where pitchers are happy just to get to the sixth inning and 100 pitches, Halladay prided himself on going deep into games, if not getting the complete game.

In fact, He ranks first among all active pitchers with 67 complete games. Eight times he has led his respective league in complete games and two times he ranked second.

On May 29, 2010, Roy Halladay threw Major League Baseball’s 20th perfect game against the Florida Marlins. That same year, Halladay threw a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Division Series. It was only the second no-hitter during the playoffs in MLB history. Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series was the other one.

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball


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Kevin J Wells

Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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