Now all the Philadelphia Phillies and their fans can do is wait. For another day, at least.
The Phillies say they will send Roy Halladay to see a doctor today, two days after he came out of a start due to a sore right shoulder. On Monday, the team was still determining where and when, exactly, their star right-hander will be examined.
Halladay first started to feel discomfort in Tuesday’s start against Washington, but pitched through it. He cut back on throwing between starts, but it didn’t help and he left after two innings against St. Louis.
Halladay started the season in his usual overpowering way, holding the Pittsburgh Pirates to two hits in eight innings of a 1-0 win. Everything seemed pretty much normal until he blew a 6-0 lead and was pulled after eight earned runs in 5? innings against Atlanta on May 2.
Since then, he’s 1-3, and the Phillies have lost four of his five starts. The one win came in an ordinary effort against the Cubs. Halladay went on the disabled list in 2004 because of a shoulder injury, but rebounded with six All-Star appearances and won the 2010 NL Cy Young Award in his first year with Philadelphia.
Marlins pitcher suspended
Miami Marlins pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo was suspended for eight weeks by Major League Baseball for age and identity fraud. The reliever can participate in extended spring training and will be eligible to play in the major leagues July 23. He’ll be eligible for one rehabilitation assignment in the minor leagues for a maximum 16 days. He said Friday he had received a visa from the U.S. government and would be in Florida on Monday.
Players back on board
The Baltimore Orioles activated infielder Mark Reynolds and placed right-hander Stu Pomeranz on the 15-day disabled list with a torn muscle in his side The Tampa Bay Rays activated catcher Jose Lobaton from the 15-day disabled list and optioned catcher Chris Gimenez to Triple-A Durham. … The Houston Astros recalled right-handed pitchers Jordan Lyles and David Henderson from Triple-A Oklahoma City. … The Boston Red Sox activated outfielder Ryan Sweeney from the seven-day concussion disabled list and optioned outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin to Triple-A Pawtucket. … The Oakland A’s reinstated third baseman Brandon Inge from the 15-day disabled list and optioned catcher Anthony Recker to Sacramento. … Outfielder Carlos Quentin was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the San Diego Padres. … The Chicago Cubs activated reliever Carlos Marmol from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Rafael Dolis to Triple-A Iowa. … Left-handed pitcher Aaron Laffey was recalled by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League. Right-hander Chad Beck was optioned.
Pirates lose standout reliever
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed reliever Juan Cruz on the restricted list and called up left-handed reliever Doug Slaten from Triple-A Indianapolis. The team says Cruz will return to his home in the Dominican Republic to take care of personal business. Cruz is 1-1 with a 1.45 ERA in 20 appearances this season.