The Phillies have placed right-hander Roy Halladay on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 28, with a right latissimus dorsi strain (lat strain). Halladay, who was 4-5 with a 3.98 ERA in 11 starts, was shelled in his latest set of outings. This is his first DL stint since 2009, and according to Jayson Stark, his first arm/shoulder issue that required a DL stint since 2004. According to several twitter reports, he will be shut down completely for three weeks.
In a corresponding move, the Phillies recalled catcher Erik Kratz for a third time. Carlos Ruiz is still coping with a hamstring strain and is considered day-to-day.
Beerleaguer: I've made the mistake of saying the Phillies would fade from contention when they were faced with a long injury like this before and it never happened. Obviously, this is not good, but it could be worse. It's not structural. And taking June and July off might not be the worst thing for a 35-year-old with major miles. The news means that the Phillies' four highest-paid stars - Cliff Lee, Halladay, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley - have spent time on the disabled list. That's $76.7 million, or 44.5 percent, of the Phillies $172 million payroll.
Phillies knew since spring: From Todd Zolecki's Twitter: @ToddZolecki
"Dubee said he thought Halladay had an issue since spring training. Said he thought it was a minor, lingering issue. Never went away."
Keys to survival: Kyle Kendrick needs to build on his last start - an outstanding nine-inning gem. Vance Worley must pitch through the pain. Joe Blanton needs to establish consistency.
But perhaps the biggest need is for someone to take hold of the seventh and eighth innings. Without Halladay, and with questions surrounding three of the five remaining starters, there will be many more six-inning starts during the dog days.