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The Philadelphia Phillies have placed Roy Halladay on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right latissimus dorsi. The club is expected to be without its ace for the next six to eight weeks.
The right-hander wasn't certain that the shoulder pain which forced him from his start against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday after just two innings was serious. Considering his relative struggles this season (3.98 ERA, 6.97 K/9, 1.74 BB/9, 47.3 ground-ball percentage), however, there was reason to fear that the diagnosis would be worse.
Halladay was insistent that some kind of injury wasn't a factor in his 2012 results. This revelation could help to explain his sub-par velocity and marks, however. Problems with the lat can result in chronic shoulder pain, and perhaps the normal soreness a hurler experiences masked it.
A concern is that this isn't the last time Halladay will deal with a health issue - this season or in future ones. He pitched 250 2/3 innings in 2010, not including the postseason, and has regularly surpassed 200 frames by far for the past six years. In 2011, his velocity declined a bit, too.
An article on the Phils' official site points out that the club won't need a fifth starter until June 6. The candidates for fill-in appearances from then through whenever Vance Worley (inflammation in posterior joint of elbow) is able to rejoin the rotation are unattractive. Roto owners should ignore Dave Bush, Scott Elarton and Tyler Cloyd.
Kyle Kendrick initially replaced Worley, but he looks like the soon-to-be substitute for Halladay in a couple of weeks. Philadelphia seemed to have lukewarm interest in Roy Oswalt, for financial reasons, but the veteran's agreement with the Texas Rangers negates any renewed significance that his availability might've had because of Halladay's absence.
On Saturday, Kendrick shut out the Cards for nine stanzas and reduced his ERA to 4.10. The right-hander depends heavily on his sinker to generate grounders and his cutter to saw off bats or induce weak contact. His occasional lack of command prevents him from doing so consistently, however. He doesn't generate K's (5.18 K/9 in 2012), but he tends to avoid issuing free passes (2.38 BB/9), thankfully.
The 27-year-old doesn't have a great deal of upside, especially since Philly's offense hasn't been very good. Kendrick's skill level and unpredictable nature limit his value to NL rotisserie leagues. At least it's somewhat certain for how long that'll be, whatever that's worth.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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