Not A Happy HalladayWednesday, May 30, 2012
For the Phillies, 2012 has been a nightmare.
Yes, they’re still one game over .500 at 26-25 and only four games back of the Nationals in an up-for-grabs National League East. And, sure, impact performers Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are due to return eventually.
But the Phightins just lost one of the most durable of durable -- and irreplaceable of irreplaceable -- starting pitchers in the game.
Roy Halladay was diagnosed Tuesday evening with a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle and is expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks. A 35-year-old right-hander with a stellar 3.25 career ERA and 1.17 career WHIP, he had rattled off six straight seasons of 220 innings or more heading into the 2012 campaign. That will be snapped.
And Philadelphia’s run of five consecutive division titles would also appear to be in danger.
Oswalt Signs With Five Months To Spare
As first reported by staff writer Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, the Texas Rangers agreed to terms on Tuesday afternoon with veteran right-hander Roy Oswalt.
He gets a one-year major league contract with a $5 million guaranteed salary. He can also earn another $1 million through performance-based incentives. That $5 million is not prorated, meaning Oswalt will be paid the full amount no matter how long he’s on the big league roster.
Oswalt is scheduled to make his first professional start of 2012 on Saturday at Triple-A Round Rock and should only need an additional two or three minor-league rehab outings before gaining clearance to join the Texas rotation.
The 34-year-old registered a decent 3.69 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 93/33 K/BB ratio across 139 innings last season for the Phillies while battling chronic back issues. On a dynamite Rangers team and with health presumably on his side, Oswalt should carry considerable mixed-league fantasy value.
Angels Lose Dream-Weaver To Back Strain
The Angels placed right-handed ace Jered Weaver on the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday’s 5-1 victory over the Yankees. He has been diagnosed with a strained lower back muscle and inflammation near one of his cervical discs, and could be on the shelf for the next four weeks.
Weaver, 29, has posted a 2.61 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP and a 57/15 K/BB ratio in 69 innings (11 starts) this season for the second-place Halos. He suffered the dual back injuries in the first inning of his start Monday against the Yankees.
24-year-old right-hander Garrett Richards was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill Anaheim’s vacant rotation spot. The former supplemental first-round pick was sporting a rough 4.31 ERA and 1.60 WHIP through 56-plus innings this season in the minor leagues and can be ignored in pretty much all fantasy formats.
National League Quick Hits: The Mets are planning to make an extension offer to David Wright at some point this season … Anibal Sanchez allowed no earned runs over seven innings Tuesday in a victory over the Nationals … David Freese is likely out until Friday due to a mild hand sprain … Reds third baseman Todd Frazier has 14 extra-base hits in 28 games this season … Freddie Freeman could return to the Braves’ starting lineup Wednesday if his prescription goggles work right … James Russell earned his first career save Tuesday in the Cubs’ defeat of the Padres … Marlins closer Heath Bell has converted six consecutive save opportunities … Yadier Molina finished 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Tuesday’s loss to the Braves … Vance Worley (elbow) is aiming to rejoin the Phillies’ rotation June 4 against the Dodgers … The Padres signed veteran right-hander Jason Marquis to a minor league deal … Cameron Maybin remains day-to-day with a sprained right wrist … Chad Tracy is likely done for the season after undergoing groin surgery Tuesday … Dodgers fill-in starter Nathan Eovaldi held the Brewers to two runs over seven innings Tuesday in the place of injured lefty Ted Lilly … Matt Kemp went 1-for-4 in his return from the disabled list ... Steve Clevenger will serve as the Cubs’ primary catcher while Geovany Soto and Welington Castillo recover from their respective injuries.
American League Quick Hits: The Tigers demoted second baseman Ryan Raburn to Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday night … Dustin Pedroia has been diagnosed with a torn abductor muscle in his right thumb and could miss 3-4 weeks if he’s unable to play through it … Hideki Matsui homered in his second official at-bat with the Rays … Oakland closer Brian Fuentes blew his second save of the season on Tuesday night … Adam Jones hit his 15th and 16th home runs in Tuesday’s loss to the Blue Jays … Justin Verlander yielded five runs on 10 hits over six innings Tuesday against the Red Sox … A’s right-hander Brandon McCarthy is on track to return Saturday against the Royals … Jarrod Saltalamacchia is day-to-day after leaving Tuesday’s game with an illness … The Orioles demoted struggling starter Tommy Hunter to Triple-A Norfolk … Dayan Viciedo is batting .333 with eight home runs and 23 RBI so far this month … The Angels welcomed outfielder Torii Hunter back on Tuesday night … Toronto’s Rajai Davis is expected to get the bulk of playing time in left field in the wake of Eric Thames’ demotion … Magglio Ordonez will announce his retirement Sunday at Detroit’s Comerica Park.