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Phillies lose Halladay for 6-8 weeks

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Phillies lose Halladay for 6-8 weeks

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.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.