As the Nationals get set to have Michael Morse back from a strained right lat injury, the Philadelphia Phillies are about to lose Roy Halladay for the same ailment. The Phillies ace was diagnosed on Tuesday and will be sent to the disabled list, he is likely to be out 6-8 weeks.
The Phillies lose Halladay at an inopportune time for the club. They are still without Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, their two best position players, and will now not have their best pitcher. The two-time Cy Young winner and eight-time All-Star will be on the DL at a time the Phillies need to stay afloat in the N.L. East.
Halladay is 4-5 on the season with a 3.98 ERA, but has seen his statistics suffer in recent starts. He held a 1.95 ERA entering the month of May, but has unraveled of late. On May 22 he allowed five runs to the Nationals and on May 27 lasted just two innings before being pulled against the Cardinals.
Halladay has not had arm issues in years and hasnt been on the disabled list since 2009. He has won at least 16 games and posted a sub-2.80 ERA each of the last four seasons. The 35-year-old will hope to get back and help Philadelphia sooner than later as the club currently sits last in the N.L. East with a 26-25 record.
Morse has yet to play this season because of the same problem, he has missed 49 games and two months of play. He may have been back earlier, as his strain was discovered in spring training, but the Nationals and Morse tried to come back a little too early and he was shut down by the team in early April. The Phillies would like to be more careful with Halladay, but their situation in the division and playoff race could make him needed sooner.