ESPN is reporting that Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay may have to wait until Tuesday to have his injured shoulder checked out as the team was still determining where and when, exactly, their star right-hander will be examined.
Halladay, who suffered the injury during his team’s 8-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, pitched just two innings before he was forced to exit the game with shoulder soreness.
After the game, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel downplayed the Halladay injury but added that the ace’s spot could be filled if necessary.
“If we ever have to fill a rotation spot, we’ll get somebody and fill it,” Manuel said according to the Boston Herald. “The game is going to go on.”
The Sporting News points out that Halladay’s recent shoulder issues aren’t a first, as he most notably battled similar problems while with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2004 when he spent two stints on the disabled list and was limited to 21 starts and 133 innings.
“I felt it every single start from the beginning of the season on,” Halladay said of his soreness in 2004. “That’s not the case right now. Basically, I really felt it affected me today and a couple of innings in the last one. I’m hoping it’s something we can calm down quickly and get back out there. That’s obviously my hope. It’s not to a point where I’m in agony throwing pitches.
Prior to Sunday’s early exit, Halladay, an eight-time MLB All-Star and two-time Cy Young winner, was 4-4 with 56 strikeouts and a 3.58 ERA.
ESPN’s Chris Berman and Barry Larkin talk more about Roy Halladay’s injury and the impact it will have on the Phillies in the video below: