Roy Halladay hasn’t looked quite like himself recently, and now we know why.
Doc had to leave Sunday’s start after two innings due to right shoulder soreness, an injury that he evidently started feeling in his previous outing. The results in each start showed possible warning signs, as he allowed five runs in his May 22 outing against the Nationals and served up a grand slam to Yadier Molina in the first inning of Sunday’s start in St. Louis.
The Phillies at this point are saying only that Halladay will be re-evaluated in the next couple of days and at present no MRI is scheduled. We can’t imagine he won’t get the shoulder tested out, though, and a betting man would probably be wise in putting some money on a disabled list stint for the two-time Cy Young winner. Halladay’s ERA after 11 starts sits at 3.98, the highest it has been this late in a season since 2007, when he was still with the Blue Jays.
Vance Worley (elbow) has resumed throwing and can be activated from the disabled list at any time. If Halladay has to go on the shelf, Worley could conceivably replace him, especially since the Phillies have an off day Thursday and can move everyone up a day if need be.
We’ve already seen closer jobs throughout baseball change hands countless times, and a couple more changes were made over the weekend.
Brandon League was yanked from the Mariners’ ninth inning role after blowing his fourth save. The M’s plan on the 29-year-old earning the job back at some point, but for now they’re going pull him back. And, from the sound of manager Eric Wedge's comments, Seattle appears ready to use a true closer by committee.
“We’ll match up with what we think works,” Wedge said in the Tacoma News Tribune. “We’ve only got seven guys in the bullpen, and Hisashi Iwakuma is the long guy and League will work in other roles for now. Other than them, it could be anyone, depending upon the situation.”
The best bet for saves in Seattle should be Tom Wilhelmsen, but Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge, Shawn Kelley and Steve Delabar could all conceivably get a look.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum is also making a move with his closer situation, giving Rafael Dolis the heave-ho after the young right-hander hit the Pirates' Matt Hague with the bases loaded to force in the winning run Saturday. Dolis failed to record an out in a lower-leverage appearance Sunday and has now allowed at least one run in six of his last seven games.
Next in line for the Cubs in the ninth inning will be James Russell and Shawn Camp. Russell has seemed to be higher than Camp on the totem pole all year, but Camp could possibly get more save chances based on the fact that he’s right-handed. Of course, with the Cubs on a 12-game losing streak, neither pitcher figures to rack up many opportunities. Carlos Marmol (hamstring) is also due back before long and figures to eventually get his old job back.
Quentin Back in the Fold
When the Padres traded for Carlos Quentin over the offseason, they were hoping they had acquired a middle-of-the-order threat. On Monday, the 29-year-old will finally get a chance to show he’s what the Pads were looking for.
Quentin is expected to be activated from the disabled list prior to Monday’s tilt in Chicago after missing nearly all of the first two months of the season following surgery on his right knee. The former White Sox slugger experienced a setback earlier this month, but he’s made significant strides following a cortisone shot and went 4-for-7 with a homer and three RBI over the weekend while on a rehab assignment with High-A Lake Elsinore.
Quentin is a career .252 hitter with no speed, and he’ll have to contend with the spacious dimensions of Petco Park when he’s at home. But, he’s also averaged 27 homers over the last four seasons, and a couple of those campaigns were shortened significantly by injury. He’s a worthy add in mixed leagues if he’s still on your waiver wire.
National League Quick Hits: Chris Carpenter (shoulder) will begin playing catch Monday. He looks to be a tad ahead of schedule but still won’t return before the All-Star break … Reports have indicated that Roy Oswalt’s asking price might be a little high, which is why he hasn’t signed anywhere yet. The Phillies, Red Sox, Rangers, Dodgers and Orioles have expressed interest … Chase Utley is taking more fielding practice and doing so with more intensity, as he’s pleased with the progress of his knee. A return doesn’t appear to be on the horizon, though … Melky Cabrera went 4-for-4 with a home run Sunday and is now batting .369/.412/.556 for the season. This is one Brian Sabean trade that’s looking pretty good … Aramis Ramirez (elbow) sat out a second straight game Sunday. He should be ready soon … Michael Fiers, not Manny Parra as originally expected, will replace Marco Estrada in the Brewers’ rotation … Jon Jay (shoulder) will take batting practice in extended spring training Monday and should begin a rehab assignment shortly after. He’s hoping to be back in about a week … Chipper Jones had 120 ccs of blood drained from his bruised left shin Saturday but still hopes to be back when eligible … Ted Lilly supposedly is injured, though the Dodgers have yet to reveal what the ailment it. Nate Eovaldi is expected to be called up to fill in for him.
American League Quick Hits: Manny Ramirez is unlikely to be activated from the suspended list Wednesday as originally expected. The A’s want him to get in some more at-bats at Triple-A … Asdrubal Cabrera (hamstring) sat out his second straight game Sunday and won’t play Monday, either. He’s optimistic about playing during the upcoming series against the Royals, though … Kelly Johnson received a cortisone injection for his injured hamstring and won’t return for at least another day. A DL stint has not been ruled out … Torii Hunter is expected to be activated from the restricted list on Monday or Tuesday … John Danks threw long-toss Sunday and reports improvement with his shoulder. It appears that he should be ready for activation in early June … Ryan Sweeney has passed a concussion test and hopes to be activated from the DL Monday … Travis Hafner will test out his right knee Monday before the Indians decide what to do with him. Neither a DL stint nor surgery has been ruled out … Yoenis Cespedes (hand) is likely to be activated from the disabled list Friday. He belted several homers in batting practice Sunday … Alexi Ogando left Sunday’s game after taking a liner off his right hand. He’s considered day-to-day … C.J. Wilson left Sunday’s start with a blister. His status for his next outing is unclear.