Halladay out 4-6 Weeks

by Tim Piotrowski on May 11, 2007 @ 16:00:00 PDT


The Toronto Star reports the Toronto Blue Jays have placed SP Roy Halladay (appendix) on the 15-day disabled list. He underwent surgery for acute appendicitis and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Halladay had experienced severe abdominal pain after his last outing Thursday, May 10.

Halladay was having a decent year to date, getting four wins and posting a 4.37 ERA. Halladay has also struck out 38 batters while only walking nine in 57 2/3 innings. However, his last two outings were horrible; he allowed a combined 16 earned runs and 23 hits in 10 1/3 innings. That might have been an indication that something was wrong with Halladay.

With the loss of Halladay, the Blue Jays could have difficulty putting together the rotation. Starting pitcher Josh Towers would be the most likely choice to take Halladay's spot in the rotation, but the Blue Jays may go in a different direction. This season, Towers was 1-3 with a 4.70 ERA as a starter before the club moved him to the bullpen. Starter Gustavo Chacin (shoulder) remains sidelined with shoulder soreness, although he has been playing catch. Meanwhile, starter John Thomson (shoulder, hand) has been on an extended rehab assignment while he recovers from a shoulder injury. In his last outing, he developed a blister on his throwing hand. His return does not appear imminent.

From a fantasy perspective, this is a huge blow to owners who have Halladay on their fantasy team. He was probably the ace of many a fantasy team's staff. Halladay owners will have to look for a replacement, but the choices may be slim.

One possibility could be Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jason Marquis. Marquis has a 5-1 record and has an earned run average of 1.70. Marquis' last outing was a three-hit complete game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also has a 0.90 WHIP, but he has struck out just 24 hitters in 47 2/3 innings. Marquis' next start is expected to be Monday, May 14, against the New York Mets.

Another option would be New York Mets starting pitcher Oliver Perez. Perez has a 3-3 record with a respectable ERA of 3.48. Perez has struck out more than a batter per inning in his six starts. He had a rough outing his last game, giving up eight runs to the San Francisco Giants. However, only two of them were earned because the Mets committed two errors in a disastrous fifth inning for the club. Perez's next start should come Sunday, May 13, against the Milwaukee Brewers.

One final possibility is Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Claudio Vargas. Vargas has a 3-0 record with an ERA of 2.65 and a WHIP of 1.35. Vargas, like Perez, has struck out more than a batter per inning in his seven starts. He recently pitched 17 consecutive scoreless innings and has been one of many bright spots for the upstart Brewers. Vargas' next start is expected to be Tuesday, May 15, against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Piotrowski has been a Hot Off the Wire analyst since 2007.

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