In a move that appeared to be a long time coming, the Philadelphia Phillies have placed veteran starter Roy Halladay on the 15-day disabled list:
RHP Roy Halladay placed on 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) May 6, 2013
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro also announced that Halladay would be visiting orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum to determine the cause and severity of the shoulder soreness, which the pitcher has admitted to giving him discomfort since his April 24th start against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Halladay thus far in the season has pitched to a 2-4 record, with an 8.65 ERA and 6.22 FIP, good for a Win Probability Added of -0.76 and an ERA+ of 46. Struggling with both command (4.46 BB/9) and a drop in his fastball velocity (a career low 89.8 MPH average this season), Halladay's woes have been compounded by a career worst 2.4 HR/9 and 51.6 percent first pitch strike percentage.
A member of the fabled Phillies starter troika 'The Three Aces', which also includes Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, Halladay's tenure with the Phightins has been highlighted by a 53-28 record, 124 ERA+, two All Star Game appearances and winning the 2010 Cy Young Award. This will not be Halladay's first foray into missing time with shoulder woes, previously experiencing shoulder injuries requiring time on the disabled list in both 2012 for soreness arising from the latissmus dorsi muscle and in 2004 for a shoulder strain and tendinitis.
The Phillies recalled lefty reliever Joe Savery from Class AAA Lehigh Valley to take the open roster spot left with Halladay's departure. However, it is speculated that Tyler Cloyd will be the team's choice to take Halladay's place in the starting rotation.
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