Jeremy Sandler, of the National Post, reports the Toronto Blue Jays will place starting pitcher Roy Halladay (groin) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, June 18, with a sore groin. The move is expected to be retroactive to Saturday, June 13.
Halladay was removed from his last start against the Florida Marlins Friday, June 12, when he tweaked his groin after just three-plus innings. General manager J.P. Ricciardi said Halladay would miss a maximum of two starts before it was announced that he would go on the DL.
Regardless of how many starts Halladay misses, the team will be hurting in his absence. Halladay is the ace of the staff and is the league leader in wins with 10. He also owns an ERA of 2.53 with 88 strikeouts in 103 innings pitched.
The Blue Jays' starting rotation is in a state of confusion with Halladay going to the DL. Starting pitcher Casey Janssen (shoulder) was forced to hit the DL Tuesday, June 16. They are already missing three starters from last year because of injuries: Jesse Litsch (elbow), Dustin McGowan (shoulder) and Shaun Marcum (elbow).
One possible candidate to replace Halladay is Triple-A Las Vegas starting pitcher Brett Cecil. His next start falls on Saturday, June 20, which was the same day for Halladay's next scheduled start.
Cecil went 2-1 with a 4.38 ERA in four starts with the Jays earlier this season. However, with Las Vegas he is 1-5 with a 5.69 ERA in 49 innings pitched.
Fantasy owners of Halladay will hate to lose the ace to the DL for a couple of starts but things could be worse. The injury does not appear to be too serious, and he could be activated by June 28. Stash him on one of your DL spots.
Cecil looked sharp at times in his short stay in the rotation earlier this season but has struggled in the minors since being demoted. If he does replace Halladay, Cecil is worth a look on the waiver wire in AL-only leagues if you need a spot start. Mixed leaguers shouldn't bother, though.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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