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Roy Halladay to miss six to eight weeks with a strained latissimus dorsi

May 29, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

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Bad news for the Phillies: they just got word back from the doctors on Roy Halladay and it’s serious: a strained right latissimus dorsi. That’ll land him on the DL, and he’s expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

This is the first time Halladay has been on the DL since 2009 and the first time with any kind of arm or shoulder problems (or problems in those areas more or less) since 2004.

Halladay has clearly not been himself this season, and this injury confirms why.  He hits the DL with a 4-5 record and a 3.98 ERA. And with the Phillies tied for last place, four games behind Washington.  It was being termed “shoulder soreness.”  While such a thing often turns out to be worse than what Halladay has — at least he doesn’t need surgery — but this is not run-of-the-mill shoulder soreness.

  1. ame123 - May 29, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Not as bad as it could have been, I’m actually relieved.

    • rico7207 - May 29, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      He is washed up any way. Why do you think Toronto gave up on MR. Home Rune King Giver. Better Philly pays him to stink.

      • bronxbomber213 - May 29, 2012 at 6:08 PM

        Washed up? Im willing to bet whatever ur favorite team is he would come on and immediately assume the ace role of your staff!!! Doc is a beast and the fact that you call him mr home run giver shows u know absolutely nothing about this guy..so he gave up a couple bombs this year trying to pitch through a shoulder injury that clearly sapped his effectiveness…how about in Toronto when he would mow down the yanks and sox when they were offensive jugs at the time? or the first 2 years in Philly? 2 no hitters one was a prefect game in the playoffs? I’ll take that washe up dude anytime!!!!

      • drmonkeyarmy - May 29, 2012 at 6:13 PM

        Why even bother responding to this guy. Clearly just trying to get a rise out of people.

      • foreverchipper10 - May 30, 2012 at 5:57 PM

        I heard a stat somewhere that Halladay has given up the least amount of home runs across MLB in the last decade or so. Something along those lines. The years may be off but it is definitely the fewest number. So…..what was your point again?

  2. drmonkeyarmy - May 29, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Better than I had anticipated. Halladay has pitched horrible in May and the Phillies are 15-12. Sure not having Doc in his ace form sucks but even KK is better than Halladay in May. Also, come on Phillies phans…stop acting like little bitches and declaring the season over. Show some damn resolve.

    • ame123 - May 29, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Phillies have actually been playing excellent baseball, noone is declaring anything.

      • drmonkeyarmy - May 29, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        Sorry man, I was looking at the twitter feed on philly.com…..all doom and gloom over there.

      • natstowngreg - May 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM

        I realize it’s awkward for Phillies fans to get resolve from a Nats fan. However, no sensible fan of the Nats, or any other NL contender, should be writing off the Phillies this early.

    • Utley's Hair - May 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      Don’t forget that they’re 15-12 in May, while Doc’s starts haven’t been the sure wins they have been the last two years. I just hope Kendrick keeps pitching as well as he has been.

  3. El Bravo - May 29, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    He should call Jake Peavy. He had something like that…except fully detached. Ouch.

  4. mdpickles - May 29, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    “latissimus dorsi” reads like a foreign curse word. Or..maybe that’s what went through my head when I read it.

  5. thevandalen - May 29, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latissimus_dorsi_muscle It looks like a back muscle… not his shoulder. I’m confused (and obviously not a doctor).

    • ame123 - May 29, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Its part of the back but it supports the arm… kinda both

    • redux23 - May 29, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      from your link:

      “The latissimus dorsi is responsible for extension, adduction, transverse extension also known as horizontal abduction, flexion from an extended position, and (medial) internal rotation of the shoulder joint.”

  6. paperlions - May 29, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    “a strained right latissimus dorsi strain

    so….is that a compound strain?

  7. snowbirdgothic - May 29, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    “Latissimus dorsi” was actually a spell used by Harry Potter in book 3. I believe it magically banishes plot holes.

  8. fcfpal - May 29, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    How long until we see the handle “HalladaysLatissimusDorsi?

  9. xmatt0926x - May 29, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    On a positive note, if the Phillies did manage to grab one of the playoff spots at least Halladay wouldn’t be going in on his normal 250 innings pitched during the regular season. I don’t think 6 to 8 weeks is bad at all. I’d rather he be healthy but at least it wasn’t something that might have cost him the season. Fat Joe and Kendrick need to hold up their end.

    • drmonkeyarmy - May 29, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      I like to call him, “Slightly Overweight Joe” these days.

  10. leerosenthall - May 29, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    It could be a LOT worse. And now the position players need to man up and HIT. CONSISTENTLY. There will be no Roy Halladay to bail you out!

    Cole Hamels is now worth HOW much on the open market?

    • paperlions - May 29, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      The exact same amount he was worth yesterday.

      • drmonkeyarmy - May 29, 2012 at 5:20 PM

        Thank you. I fail to see the correlation in the amount of Hamels’ contract and a 2 month injury to Roy Halladay.

      • rick1922 - May 29, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        Roy is done at 35 .He will be on the DL more than less in the future to many miles on that arm.Cole is worth more to the PHILLIES Than any other starter.

      • paperlions - May 29, 2012 at 6:05 PM

        …which was also true yesterday.

        The Phillies are an old team with a lot of long and expensive contracts and no impact bats or arms close to the majors. I doubt keeping Hamels will make a huge impact on their ability to compete the next few years.

    • Utley's Hair - May 29, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      Technically speaking, Doc hasn’t been there to bail them out a whole lot recently. But two months “off” should make him better in the long run…right…?

    • leerosenthall - May 29, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      I asked because I heard some discussion on the radio (Buster Olney, I believe) that the Phillies would be that much more desperate to hang on to Hamels if Doc is indeed seriously injured. A lot of people thought RAJ would let Cole walk after this season, but if the Phillies decide they need to pay him after all, doesn’t that drive up his price on the open market? I’m just asking not advocating one way or the other.

      • lazlosother - May 29, 2012 at 6:23 PM

        There would be enough interest in Hamels to ensure a large contract irrespective of Halladay’s injury.

        The larger question for the Phils is whether they are too old to compete at this point. If so they may look to trade Hamels before the deadline, for prospects or younger established players. If not, they would want to keep him. But again, there will be enough interest so that it shouldn’t have much if any effect on what he ultimately makes.

      • chadjones27 - May 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM

        They are 4 games back and it’s not even June yet. They played horribly in April and have picked it up a bit in May… even with Halladay pitching bad. I’d say they’re still in it. So, unless someone is willing to trade a lot away to get Hamels, I doubt the Phils will be selling. He’s their only solid starter (that gets wins… poor Cliff Lee).

  11. rico7207 - May 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    What a relief. Mow we do not have to keep losing every fifth day. He stunk!

  12. rgledz - May 29, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    The Phillies should get Utley and Rollins back on the roids so they can stay healthy and get back to hitting homers…..they can get Halladay going too and they can resume being successful. Simple solution!

    • Utley's Hair - May 29, 2012 at 7:12 PM

      Excellent. More totally unsubstantiated ‘roid accusations!!!! And maybe you should stop sniffing the glue…or smoking that crack.

    • rick1922 - May 29, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      Utley is a jerk he knew he would not be ready to start the season stealing 15 mil second year in a row . Some one needs to call this jerk out.He has gotten a free ride in Philly.

      • Utley's Hair - May 29, 2012 at 8:51 PM

        Trollin’, trollin’, trollin’…keep them doggies trollin’…

      • sasquash20 - May 30, 2012 at 12:10 AM

        I’m a phillies fan and would love to call you wrong but I agree. My fellow Phillies fans have been bowing to Utley too long. He will never be what he was 5 years ago. He has vanished for months at a time the last 4 seasons and his numbers have dropped each of those seasons. Maybe the best 2nd baseman ever to play for the Phillies but he can’t be counted on moving forward. Howard is the key to this team and is by far and away the most valuable player on the team. He is the only source of power they have. Sadly he probably isn’t going to be anything close to 100 percent this season. An achillies takes 11-12 months at least, add on that they removed muscle because he had an infection around his stitches and I don’t think you see him a 100 percent until next season.

  13. spankygreen - May 30, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Good for Philly. Another overpriced talent challenged player that you grossly overpaid. RH’s numbers to date are not that of legend. Actually he kind of…well sucked. Now he has an injury that he will never recover from and a built in excuse for why he is and will forever be a failure. No worries though, because he fleeced you Biotches for some mean gr$$n…….

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