Struggling Halladay lands on DL with shoulder injury
The soon-to-be 36-year-old attempted to play through the reported discomfort, but obviously has not been able to pitch effectively while dealing with it. The Phillies placed Halladay on the 15-day disabled list on Monday.
Halladay will now visit Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles to receive a full examination of his arm and figure out exactly what the problem is. As of now, all the Phillies know is that Halladay is experiencing "discomfort" - no specifics of the injury are known.
The Phillies will obviously hope that Halladay can recover quickly, and that a couple weeks of rest is all his arm needs to get back to full health. The former Cy Young winner has posted an 8.65 ERA through seven starts this season, which is obviously not what we are used to seeing out of Halladay. There is cause for concern, however, that the days of seeing Halladay dominate start after start are over. The righty finished 2012 with a 4.49 ERA - the second worst mark of his career. Turning 36-years-old next week, Halladay's arm isn't getting any livelier. There were concerns about his velocity coming into the season, and a lot of people believe he'll have to change his approach to getting outs if he wants to continue to be effective.
The Phillies are expected to bring up a starter from Triple-A to take Halladay's spot in the rotation. Adam Morgan - who is 1-2 with a 3.89 ERA through six starts this season - is one option. Tyler Cloyd (1-3, 5.40 ERA through six starts) is the other candidate to get the call up to the majors.