Phillies’ Roy Halladay May Miss 6-8 Weeks With Strained Muscle

The injury-depleted Philadelphia Phillies might be missing two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Roy Halladay until July as they try to win the National League East division for the sixth straight season.

Halladay, 35, was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a strained back muscle and assistant General Manager Scott Proefrock told reporters the right-hander might be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

“Halladay’s thrown a lot of pitches,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said before Philadelphia’s 6-3 loss at the New York Mets last night. “He’s thrown a lot of bullets over his career. Sooner or later, that’s going to catch up with him.”

Philadelphia has been without top players this season because of injuries. First baseman Ryan Howard and second baseman Chase Utley, both All-Stars, have yet to play. All-Star pitcher Cliff Lee spent time on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle and Vance Worley, who went 11-3 last season, has been sidelined with soreness in his elbow.

The Phillies are 26-25 this year, in last place in the five-team NL East, four games behind the division-leading Washington Nationals.

Two years to the day after he threw the 20th perfect game in Major League Baseball history, Halladay was diagnosed with a right latissimus dorsi strain, the team said in a news release. The latissimus dorsi helps draw the shoulder down and backward, according to

Halladay lasted two innings of a May 27 game against the St. Louis Cardinals before exiting with soreness in his right shoulder. He gave up four earned runs on four hits before his departure.

After winning his first three starts this season, Halladay dropped five of six decisions as his earned run average rose to 3.98 from 1.17. Now 4-5, Halladay has made 11 starts this season. He’s had at least 31 starts in each of the previous six years.

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